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How to Manage Work Stress

How to Manage Work Stress

How can I manage work stress?

To manage work-related stress, you need to:

  1. Remember that stress can make you stronger.
  2. On any single day, manage the amount of stress that you are exposed to.
  3. Break down all problems into their smaller subsets and deal with them, in turn.
  4. Spread the load. Delegate whatever you can.
  5. Do not try to work without rest. Recuperation is essential.
  6. Eat well. Nutrition is essential.
  7. ADAPT to stressful situations: Do NOT shy away from them.

1. Remember that stress makes you stronger.

Stress is not all bad. Stress is often a stimulus to a beneficial adaptive response.

UV Sunlight-stress causes a nice suntan. Exercise-stress causes a strength increase. Stressful-exams lead to higher qualifications.

Therefore, stress can be good; it is a necessary part of life. Stress is not a disease. It is rather something that makes you stronger, IF you know how to manage it properly.

2. You must manage the amount of stress that you are exposed to, on any single day.

Although stress is good, it needs to be managed, so that you do not overwhelm your capacity to adapt.

Therefore, you need to master two skills: Analysis and delegation.

3. Break all problems down into smaller subsets and deal with each section, in turn.

Every stressful situation is composed of smaller subsets.

Break the big problem into its smaller subsets, put them into a logical order, and then carry them out in that order, one at a time.

This way the problem will be less daunting and more manageable.

4. Spread the load. Don't try to do it all on your own.

Do what you can, and delegate the rest. Whatever you cannot do, delegate, or ignore.

Find people who can help and delegate as many lower value tasks as possible.

5. Rest and recuperation is essential. Do not try to work without rest.

You are a limited resource facing an unlimited demand.

You must rest and recuperate. Nobody can work forever without rest.

You should not overwork. It is counterproductive. Balance work and rest.

6. Nutrition is essential. Do not skip meals. Eat well.

You must eat well and drink sufficient water. Nobody can be productive, without nourishment.

You should not skip meals, it is counterproductive. Eat a good, balanced diet and drink plenty of water. (Not alcohol).

7. ADAPT to stressful situations: Do NOT shy away from them.

Remember that planet Earth is a stressful place. You cannot escape. You need to ADAPT to stressful situations.

You need to step-into the stress and manage it.

Manage stress by analysing the big problem and dividing it into smaller subsets.

Take things one step at a time, delegate whatever you can, eat well, sleep well, rest and recuperate.

Work the problem.

Things can only get better.

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