Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Tips for Survive Stress in Work Place

Stress can manifest itself in both a positive and a negative way. Stress is said to be positive when the situation offers an opportunity to gain something.
Following are some of the long-term tips to survive stress:
  • Develop positive attitudes towards stressful situations in life. Give up negative mental traits such as fear, anger and revengeful attitudes, which actually germinate stress. Try to revert to holistic relaxation and personal growth techniques such as meditation, breathing and exercises, to remodel your lifestyles.
  • In today's business climate, you must continually be prepared for changes to avoid stress and survive in the competitive world.
  • Spend quality time with your family. This can be an excellent source of emotional and moral support.
  • Avoid giving in to alcohol, smoking and other substance abuses while under constant stress.
  • In case of chronic stress consult a health professional.
  • Reduce workplace stress by celebrating yours or your colleagues' accomplishments.
  • Adapting to demands of stress also means changing your personality. Improve your line of communication, efficiency and learn from other's experiences.
  • Don't be complacent. Be prepared for any change physically, emotionally and financially.But, when you are under stress at work, some simple practices can help:
  • Sit straight and comfortably on your seat, and try breathing exercises. It will relax your nerves and muscles.
  • Relax and count backwards (20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15….)
  • Try creative visualization When under severe stress, an individual fails to take clear-cut decisions. This can be described as a classic case of 'burnout'. The 'burnouts' often engage in reckless or risk-taking behaviors. Starting from glamour and sport celebrities to common men, 'burnouts' are found everywhere. You are at risk of burnout where:
  • you find it difficult to say 'no' to additional commitments or responsibilities
  • you have been under intense and sustained pressure for some time
  • your high standards make it difficult to delegate to assistants
  • you have been trying to achieve too much for too long
  • you have been giving too much emotional support for too long

Are You in Danger of Burning Out?

If you feel that you are in danger of burning out, the suggestions below can help you correct the situation:

• Re-evaluate your goals and prioritize them
• Evaluate the demands placed on you and see how they fit in with your goals
• Identify your ability to comfortably meet these demands.
• If people demand too much emotional energy, become more unapproachable and less sympathetic. Involve other people in a supportive role. Acknowledge your own humanity: remember that you have a right to pleasure and a right to relaxation
• Learn stress management skills
• Identify stressors in your life, such as work, or family. Get the support of your friends, family and even counseling in reducing stress
• Ensure that you are following a healthy lifestyle:

1. Get adequate sleep and rest to maintain your energy levels
2. Ensure that you are eating a healthy, balanced diet. Bad diet can make you ill or feel bad. Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake.
3. Try to recognize your spiritual needs that may have been buried under the mires of worldly pursuits

• Develop alternative activities such as a relaxing hobby to take your mind off problems Have You Burned Out?

• If you are so de-motivated that for a time you do not want to continue with what you do, then take some time off

• Alternatively, try to switch to another area of activity within your organization. If you come back later, you may find that you have started to enjoy the work again, and can take on only those commitments that you want. You may, however, find that you have absolutely no interest in continuing with what you are doing. In this case it may be best to drop it altogether

• Take support and counseling of near and dear ones to bring change to the current situation

• Enroll yourself with some meditation or yoga classes (to ensure group spiritual practice), gyms, aerobics or sports clubs to switch your focus, and to reorganize your priorities

• If you are in late stages of burnout, feeling deeply de-motivated and disenchanted with your job or life, get help from a good psychologist.


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