Today, I'm stressed at work. Who wouldn't be with co-workers all around me packing up their desks after a recent round of (in)voluntary buyouts.
Just look around at what's going on in businesses. Not only are people worrying about losing their homes or paying for their groceries, they are afraid to go to work, fearing whether their company will remain afloat or whether they still will have a job. Corporate executives, business owners, and busy professionals are stressed because, not only are they expected to produce more with less, but competition for their position is of major concern.
Dr. Gaby Cora, a Miami board certified psychiatrist, medical doctor, wellness coach, mom, spouse and author of Leading Under Pressure says stress in the workplace has reached epidemic numbers.
What can we do to manage our stress in challenging times? How can we keep work stress from creeping into our personal lives? Cora, who works with clients to maximize their health and wealth, once again weighs in on my blog and provides tips for readers:
- USE STRESS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE. Stress can be motivating, stimulating, and inspiring, but too much affects your ability to bounce back from tough situations. Keep things in perspective and concentrate on your here and now to resolve your immediate challenges.
- AVOID PEOPLE WHO HARP ON THE NEGATIVE. Try your best to keep a positive outlook about the future realizing the rough times will pass. Follow your plan if you have one and create one if you don’t have a plan.
- MAKE HEALTH A PRIORITY. Many executives and business owners are so busy these days they don’t realize burnout is around the corner. Many people wait to see a doctor until they are already experiencing heartburn, chest pain, or panic attacks. You can easily change your work strategies if you are feeling at your best and yet, this is difficult to do if you are feeling deflated of energy.. You will be well-prepared to face challenging times if you are in good shape physically, emotionally, and intellectually. This is the secret to long-term success as we face challenging times.
- FOLLOW A ROUTINE. Stay healthy by following a routine exercise plan, eating healthy, getting the proper amount of sleep, and relaxing. Once you have mastered these lifestyle strategies then plan the best of your business strategies, prioritizing your work needs, successfully resolving challenges as they come.
- LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES. Although challenging times are a common cause for distress, they are an excellent opportunity for change. Create a plan to resolve the difficulty and look for untapped opportunities.
Do you feel you are experiencing more stress than last year? Is everyone around you complaining of the same? Do you manage your stress effectively? Do you have a business plan? Do you follow a plan to stay healthy?