“Success is waking up in the morning and bounding out of bed because there’s something out there that you love to do, that you believe in, that you’re good at – something that’s bigger than you are, and you can hardly wait to get at it again.” Whit Hobbs
I work with many CEO’s and business teams, and overall they come to me because they are close to burnout, overwhelmed and lacking in clarity of where to go next. Over the years there has been a common thread about stress and productivity, and today I wanted to share a few tips to help you. It would be helpful to take a little time in a cafe and work through some of the points to enhance you wellness at work and in life.
So What is Stress….?
A great deal of research has been conducted since the 1940’ into stress and its effect on the body physically and psychologically. , The most commonly accepted definition of stress largely being attributed to Richard Lazarus, “ Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal, emotional and social ability to cope internally.”
In becoming stressed, people must therefore make two main judgement, firstly they must feel threatened by the situation, and secondly they must judge if their capabilities and resources are sufficient to meet the threat. How stressed someone feels depends on how much damage they think the situation can do them, and how closely their resources meet the demands of the situation. It is important that an individual understands the effect stress causes on their body so they can manage it correctly.
Dr Hans Selye, the highly acclaimed Endocrinologist and the father of modern studies of stress, defined it in 1956 as:
“Not necessarily something bad – it all depends on how you take it.
The stress of exhilarating, creative successful work is beneficial,
while the failure, humiliation and infection are detrimental.”
He believed there were three evident stages of stress a person goes through, termed as the General Adaptation Syndrome. These phases are : The Alarm, the Resistance, and the Exhaustion phase. After exhaustion comes the Burnout stage which should be treated very seriously and with respect to the individual. If you would like more information or support with this just pop me an email
How to Manage Your Stress Best:
There are several characteristics which help individuals to manage their stress. These can be taught and developed within individuals.
- Commitment & positive intention
- Clear idea of control
- Confidence & calmness
- The ability to challenge & say No
- Good self esteem & identity
- Asks for help & has impartial support
Simple Tips to help manage your Stress
Take control & responsibility for Your Life, choose three and work on these for this month. Then add another three and see how you go. For any support or advice just get in touch with us.
Have clear daily & weekly goals, writing these down the night before so you can switch off easily
Prioritise what is most important and don’t be afraid to delegate the other areas, or ask for help and support – For example, accounting software solutions like QuickBooks are designed to save you time so you can focus on what matters most– your business.
Do a weekly mind body audit and score how you feel physically and mentally out of 10, be mindful if it’s consistently below 5
Set clear mini goals, and celebrate achieving the progress. Be consistent, commitment and clear.
Maintain a balance, so if one week or month is incredibly busy, balance this with some switch off time
Develop a good support network and don’t be afraid to invest in coaching and professional support at times
Make time for laughter and relaxation daily, even if it’s for a few minutes, find your happy place.
Eat foods which nurture your body, feed your mind and boost your immunity
Stay hydrated with water, and reduce the things that create ‘stressed’ energy like an overload of caffeine or sugar
Learn and practise exhalation breathing, deep breathing and progressive relaxation
Stretch daily, try the Tibetan 5 moves
Walk every day in the fresh air, whatever the weather
Switch your digital screens off an hour before bed
Keep a gratitude journal writing down three things at the end of each day or week which have made you happy
Keep a stress less journal to pin point things which stress you most so you can manage them differently and in time better
Remember, that it is okay to not be okay, you just have to work out how to be okay again. Time and space are great for this.
It’s ended up much longer than anticipated! Yet I hope you have read to the end and found it useful. In all my years presenting and working with business and individuals, stress is something that must be respected and used wisely for specific moments and times.
If you would like any further advice please do reach out (business, sports or personal), and if you would like a workshop within your organisation to enhance your well-being and performance please do ask me.
Over the years my clients include BBC & Danone, and we can bring Olympic Athletes to link motivation with our proven Impact Seminars. We can also integrate DNA Fitness & Nutrition testing with your well – being for productivity and wellness. Recently I have been short listed for the NLP in Business International Awards (being announced end of April) I am a freelance consultant for Fit for Leadership who bring a unique angle to the business world too.
These are two additional blogs which have great Stress Busting Tips and links in them:
And watch my TEDx Talk too!
To dream anything that you want to dream, that is the beauty of the human mind.
To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will.
To trust yourself, to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed.