10 Tips Reducing Stress Levels

Do whatever you can to flee the form filling that supposed make sure you meet certain stress control standards. Avoid like the plague what are being called stress risk assessments. These will need the resources of a full time worker and lead to even more stress!

Rather focus on easy and simply applied measures to lower stress and at the same time show staff and regulatory authorities and legal courts that your organisation does stake stress seriously.

Here are just 10 tips you might start with…

     
1. Guarantee your Worker Manual and Induction has lots of wording in it that shows that management knows about the unfavorable aftermath of too much stress. Explain what folks must do if they feel under strain. Go OTT to show that management wants and welcomes dialogue reporting of excess stress. Who ever gives the induction must state this orally too.

2. Have a clear, written and concise process that folk can follow if they find stress getting out of hand.

What can folks do if they feel under stress?
Who should they talk to?
What do they do if it is their chairman who is the reason for stress?
What sorts of help can the business offer?

Make sure workers know they also have a responsibility to look after their physical and psychological well-being.

3. Give folk clear job descriptions so they know what is needed of them and revisit the outline every 6 months to update them. You can do this in the once a year or ( better ) twice-yearly appraisal Involve folks in writing and re-negotiating job outlines. Particularly ask about what can be done to alleviate stress and record the solution.

4. Keep referring to stress in newsletters, speeches and conferences. Put stress alleviation on the program of management conferences and have a set section in the newsletter.Senior chiefs should include a mention of stress in 1 speech per year.

5. Offer people-management / leadership workshops to bosses and supervisors. A lot of them don’t understand how to get the best from their folk. Nonessential stress is due to unawareness of how to chat to and treat folk effectively in the modern workplace. Often supervisors have no idea they’re a source of stress nobody tells them. Keep it simple : one day is sufficient and avoid models and hypotheses of leadership!

6. Offer anxiety control workshops and literature. Even if there are no current stress issues offer the workshops anyhow. Even insist folk go. Keep it simplistic a half-day is sufficient and avoid all theory! Give folk a book or CD on anxiety management as an element of the induction.

7. Provide a resource allocation workshop. It is fantastic how folk can take better control when they know it’s okay to decline, to dump a meeting, to dump a dispatch, to cut short appointments and to find better, faster less tiring methods of doing things. The general public get bogged down because they do not concentrate on the idea of resource allocation and even when they do, some are too frightened to approach the CEO.

They may think you’ll think, they are lazy or unhelpful.

8.Monitor stress levels. No, you do not want an 80-question stress climate survey or official anxiety management standards. Just twice yearly issue a half-page with one query : For you personally give 3 things the organisation could do to reduce irrational stress. Make this a nameless exercise and publish the results with actions taken.

9. Take a bit of time to listen and act. If a stress issue is raised, be seen to be taking it seriously. Make time to listen, document the problems and then do something. While keeping confidences publicise what action has been taken.

10. Sadly , at some point soon you will need to prove to some authority that you do things the fight irrational stress. Thus keep a running and recent record simply a straightforward book – of all the stuff your organisation is doing to alleviate stress at work. Record everything.

 For instance, if you run a Recruitment Interviewing Course, record how you amended the content to incorporate an hour or so on testing to determine if applicants can deal with the strain of a selected job.
                 

Golden Tip: How To Live In Harmony When Things Go Bad

When things seem to collapse around you or when nothing seems to change for the better, it’s a challenge to live in harmony and to feel harmony in your life. But luckily there is a way to instantly transform the chaos you’re experiencing into balance and inner peace.

How To Live In Harmony When Things Go Bad

Let’s face it, it isn’t particularly easy to keep going and to stay positive minded when things don’t seem to get any better in your life- or they do a bit, but you’ve not reached your desired goals yet. Especially when you’ve been working so hard for such a long time on every level to make things happen.

You’re taking every possible and conceivable step, you’re doing the inner and the outer work, and yet nothing seems to have physically appeared to show you you’re making progress (or have hit the big breakthrough you desire).

Talk about being challenged!

It’s easy to lose heart at times like these and to allow your mind to sink into negative thinking.

But there is one thing that will have you live in harmony again in an instant and that is to remember that everything is in love.

Spirit is all about love and Spirit talks only in the language of love. So when things don’t seem to go as you would like them to and you’re not happy with reality as it is, go back to love and you will instantly release the fight, the frustration, the anger and doubt that have been occupying your mind and energy.

And how exactly do you release the fight, go back to love and live in harmony again?

Allow the feelings – all feelings- that are coming up for you to be present. Resisting them or fighting them doesn’t make them go away. In fact, they will remain or get even stronger. Pretending certain feelings are not there isn’t going to fool the universe. The universe feels your energy.

And when you’re feeling stuck or this feels like a heavy burden to carry all by yourself: ask for spiritual guidance. Spirit is the key, the connection, to live in harmony and Spirit wants only what is right for you- and what’s right for you is love.

So acknowledge how you feel and then turn to love and ask: what does Spirit say?

You will find that Spirit will answer with love and show you the way again to live in harmony.

Please leave your comment below- I would love to  hear from you.

20 Tips to Tame Your Stress

Stress hits us all in life, and while a little stress is good — it keeps us focused and motivated — too much of it and it can grind our lives to a complete halt. When you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed-out, you may become paralyzed and unable to do much of anything.

Just as bad are unhealthy coping methods to deal with stress. Turning to food, alcohol or drugs often just turns one set of problems into another that can balloon out of control. It’s better to avoid those unhealthy coping mechanisms from the start, and find good ways to keep your stress under control.

There are many ways to tame your stress and keep it at bay. Here are 20 tips to tame your stress today, and keep the stress monsters at bay.

1. Perform diaphragmatic or “deep breathing” exercises.

2. Lie face down on the floor and begin breathing deeply and slowly, with your hands resting under your face. Do this for five minutes.

3. Sit in a reclining chair. Put a hand on your abdomen and a hand on your chest. As you breathe, make sure the hand on your abdomen is moving up and down rather than one on your chest. If the hand on your abdomen is moving you are breathing deeply and slowly.

4. Try progressive muscle relaxation or “deep muscle” relaxation. Progressively tense and relax each muscle group in your body. Learn the difference between muscle tension and relaxation.

5. Meditate. Use visualization or guided imagery to help you learn to be one with your thoughts. Sit quietly with your eyes closed, imagining the sights, sounds and smells of your favorite place, such as a beach or mountain retreat.

6. Exercise regularly or take up yoga.

7. Consult a psychologist about the use of biofeedback.

8. Make time for music, art or other hobbies that help relax and distract you.

9. Learn to identify and monitor stressors. Come up with an organized plan for handling stressful situations. Be careful not to overgeneralize negative reactions to things.

10. Make a list of the important things you need to handle each day. Try to follow the list so you feel organized and on top of things. Put together a coping plan step by step so you have a sense of mastery.

11. Keep an eye on things that might suggest you’re not coping well. For example, are you smoking or drinking more, or sleeping less?

12. Keep a list of the large and little hassles in your day versus the major stressful events in your life. This helps you focus on the fact that you’re keeping track of and managing those as well as you can.

13. Set aside a time every day to work on relaxation.

14. Avoid using caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, junk food, binge eating and other drugs as your primary means for coping with stress. While they can be helpful once in awhile, using them as your only or usual method will result in longer-term problems, such as weight problems or alcoholism.

15. Learn to just say, “No” occasionally. It won’t hurt other people’s feelings as much as you think and is simply a method to be more assertive in your own life, to better help you meet your own needs.

16. Get the right amount of sleep. For most people, this is seven to nine hours a night.

17. Cultivate a sense of humor; laugh.

18. Research has shown that having a close, confiding relationship protects you from many stresses.

19. Don’t run from your problems! This only makes them worse.

20. Talk to your family and friends. See if they can help.

If these tips don’t help, or you’ve tried a lot of them with little luck in better taming the stress in your life, it may be time to consider taking it up a notch. A mental health professional — such as a psychologist — can help teach you more effective methods for handling stress in a healthy way in your life. Such psychotherapy is short-term and time-limited, with a focus on helping you better deal with stress.

Remember — we do have control over the stress and choices we make in our lives. It sometimes takes a little practice and effort to put some of these techniques into play in your life. But once you do so, you may be pleasantly surprised at the positive benefits you’ll receive.

7 Practical Methods To Fight Stress

stress-free lifestyle could very well do wonders in eliminating depression. Here are 7 practical methods to combat stress:

 

 

1. Express Amusement And Be Happy:

Laugh hard and loud. If you don’t have a sense of humor, find someone else who has. Laughter releases endorphins (happy chemicals) from the body, and it helps boost your immune system.

2. Take Control Over Your Time and Schedule:

You’ll be much more able to deal with stress if you have a good handle on your job, relationships, and other activities. When you are in control, you are more inclined to stay focused and calm. Plan your time wisely.Remember to leave room for unexpected events – both negative and positive. Be adaptable in rearranging your agenda. Get up 15 minutes early in the morning. Allow an extra 15 minutes to get to all appointments.

Avoid procrastinating on important or urgent tasks. Whatever needs doing, do it immediately. Do the unpleasant tasks early, so that you won’t have to worry about them for the rest of the day. Keep an appointment or record book. Don’t just rely on your memory.Do your tasks one thing at a time at a time.

Focus your attention on the present moment, whether it’s the person talking to you or the job at hand. This helps you to avoid making errors – which lead to more tension and anxiety. Be patient in waiting. Anxiety caused by impatience can rise up your blood pressure.Say “no” to requests that you cannot accomplish. Delegate trivial tasks. You must remember that you don’t have to do it all yourself. Crack a job into separate tasks and assign them to people with the suitable skills.

3. Work Out:

Strive and get some habitual exercise such as brisk walking, swimming or whatever appeals to you. Play a sport you’re interested in. Aerobic exercises can considerably reduce the stress factor. Work out also improves sleep and gives you time to think and focus on other things. It also promotes the release of natural soothing chemicals in your body. Do not result to excessive exercise, however, as this may have an adverse effect and might cause more depression.

4. Search Out For A Support Group:

You’ll be able to manage stress much better if you have other people helping and supporting you. Did you know that married people and people who are outgoing (always meeting with friends), have considerably low levels of stress in their lives?

Choose positive friends who are not worriers. Friends who continually put you down or talk gloomily about life will increase your anxiety. Invite a good friend to help you talk out a problem and get it off your chest. A long-distance call to an old pal can be great therapy. Pardon others instead of holding grudges. Slow down your standards – for yourself and others.

Don’t expect too much. Perfectionism is not the means to happiness. Become more flexible and adaptable to your environment. Communicate clearly with your co-workers and boss. Ask questions. Repeat instructions that you are given. Clarifying directions at the start of a project can save lots of time later rectifying out misunderstandings. Be honest in your dealings with others. Lying and cheating leads to stress.

5. Take Breaths Deeply and Slowly:

Calm down your muscles, escalating your stomach and chest. Exhale slowly. Do it again several times. Follow your breath as it flows in and out. Do not try to have power over it. This is a good way to relax in the midst of any activity. This practice allows you to find a breathing pattern that is natural and relaxing to you.

Make use of this yoga technique: Inhale slowly, counting to eight. Exhale through your mouth, even more slowly, counting to sixteen. Make a sighing sound as you exhale, and feel tension dissolve. Do it again 10 times.

6. Consume Healthy Foods at the Appropriate Time:

Never skip meals, especially breakfast. Get time out to eat heartily no matter how busy you are. Take nutritious snacks to the office, or even the shopping mall. A nutritionally balanced diet is essential to your health and lifestyle.

For example, researchers have found that even small deficiencies of thiamin, a B-complex vitamin, can cause anxiety symptoms. Pantothenic acid, another B-complex vitamin, is critical during times of stress. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and large amounts of sweets, which can worsen symptoms of stress.

7. Live Optimistically:

Count your blessings, particularly when everything seems to go wrong. Believe that many other people are living in worse conditions than you are. Don’t exaggerate the complexity of your problems. Every problem has a solution. All you need to do is find that solution. Learn to be happy and to enjoy life’s blessings. Live one day at a time.