When I speak to groups, my focus tries to be on two things, how my talk will benefit attendees personal lives and then how it will benefit their professional lives. We all have personal stress and professional stress. And while it is easy for us to confide in friends, family members, and professionals about personal stress, the professional stress seems to stay hidden. Why? Dealing with professional stress is a very real thing and admitting that work is stressing you out is not admitting weakness.
For men, especially, the anxieties and stress that comes along with being a professional can really build up. As a result, I want to provide my blog readers with 3 ways to deal with corporate stress. Of course, there are more tips and tools available in my seminars. More than 40 million Americans, chronic anxiety—like obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and social phobias. Corporate stress contributes to this and you are not alone!
1. The first thing you want to do when feeling corporate stress is to identify your feelings and the trigger. Once you address the problem and decide on what the root cause is, you can move forward with step two. Ignoring the feelings of being stressed or encountering a client that ignites internal anxiety isn’t healthy and adds pressure and even more stress to your life.
2. Move your body. When stressed, most people want to sit on the couch and absorb the stress, making room for depression, anxiety and even agoraphobia. The best thing you can do when stressed at work is to get out. Don’t go home and hide. Don’t go to a bar. Instead, right when you feel the stress at work, get out of the office and go for a walk- even if it is just around the parking lot. The movement allows chemicals to release in your body and lets you focus on your breathing.
3. Control your mind. Yes, mind control. By learning to control your thoughts, you can redirect your stress. This tool does take practice, but works wonders when you do master it. Discipline your negative thoughts with a timer, set for two minutes, where you mediate really does help correct stressful thinking. If a deadline is going to be missed, stop the thinking about it. Ruminating over something that is done will not undue it. As you work to finish a project, with a deadline already missed, continue moving forward. When the negative thought about the missed deadline pops into your mind, discipline the thought by setting a phone alarm for two minutes. Sit still for two minutes and repeat a positive mantra or simply meditate. The more you interrupt your negative thinking, the less stress you will become!