In yesterday’s Advisor, we discussed how proper sleep (or a lack thereof) affects the working world. Today we have tips regarding another area of workplace wellness: stress reduction.
According to a recent ComPsych Corporation study, more than half of employees are reporting high levels of stress. How are employers responding, given the impact on employees’ health, productivity, and morale? Here are a few stress management training tips from Benoy Tamang, CEO of eFileCabinet:
- Control what you can, accept what you can’t. “If you learn to accept the things that are beyond your control and focus on the things that you can control instead, you’ll spend less time stressing over outside factors and more time getting things done,” he says.
- Remember to breathe. “Inhale deeply to the count of five, then exhale normally through your nose for the same count. Do this for several minutes, or until you feel calm,” Tamang suggests.
- Schedule some breaks. This gives you “time to clear your mind, catch your breath, and refocus before diving back in.”
- Focus on priorities. “Identify your priorities and focus your efforts on the projects that will make the biggest impact,” he advises.
- Work smarter, not harder. “Employ the proper tools and resources to help you get more done without having to push yourself beyond your limits.”
Tamang’s other stress-reduction tips include: Eat well, exercise daily, and get your sleep; minimize interruptions; and think positive thoughts.