Rosemarie Bugnet is the founder of CustomNet Services, a training and consulting firm that specializes in improving organizational business initiatives and objectives through the development of individuals, teams and management. Over the next several weeks, Rosemarie will share her expertise on dealing with stress, time management and ways to keep meetings productive and on topic. In this segement, Rosemarie discusses ways to deal with office stress.
Rosemarie: Stress is good. There is good stress and there’s not so good stress. Good stress could be something as happy as getting married, or that could be unhappy; having children; planning a vacation, that’s a certain kind of stress. Then there is this other kind of stress, the pressure stress. We have to think about how to control stress at work.
So there is some simple ways of doing it. The three most common ways to relive stress, in no particular order: The first one is exercise. That doesn’t mean you have to join a fitness club, unless that’s what you like, a good pair of running shoes, some good walking socks, and away you go. Walk around the block for twenty minutes three times a day, you feel good!
Another way is humour. Laugh! There’s actually humourologists out there that go to hospitals to teach people how to laugh again. And so laughing could be everyone in the office bring funny tapes, or funny books, we probably have Dilbert books at home. We probably have Mr. Bean videos at home. Bring them in, set them up somewhere in the office and just have some laughs.
And lastly, deep breathing, believe it or not. Breathe in slowly through the nose and out through the mouth three times, and it helps relieve stress.
When we deal in stressful situations we have three choices: Choice number one is very proactive. You see it, you deal with it and you manage it. Stress number two is you stay with it. You leave it. But there’s impact and consequences of that. Number three, you leave it. So we always have choices when we deal with stress and how we want to do it. But the important thing is, whatever choice you make, it will have wear and tear on your body.
Find out what works well for you under stress and use it.
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