As human beings we will encounter and have already encounters on form of stress or another.
Whether it’s in the context of our personal lives or careers, stress is almost inevitable.
Knowing that work is where you spend at least 80% percent of our time, you will no doubt experience stress triggers every now and then.
Therefore it is imperative that you learn the techniques of stress management in order to ensure you remain of sound mind and you don’t crumble beneath the stress.
So what exactly does the term “stress management” mean? Stress management simply put applies to all the techniques you apply to reduce and control your level of stress in order to remain productive.
Failure to effective stress can lead to the following…
- Poor health
- The feeling of helplessness
- Lack of social skills
- Failure to control one’s emotions
- Lowered self-esteem
- Low work productivity among others
Managing career and work related stress comes with its own share of benefits as we will see in the 5 below…
1. Increased productivity
There’s no doubt in my mind you can operate at your optimal best when you are extremely stressed out.
Like I said, work related will always be there. And knowing that at work is where you spend most of your time, if you are constantly stressed then it only means you won’t be productive.
This is because your mind is consumed with worries and negative thoughts. Perhaps you are being frustrated by meeting unrealistic targets or a difficult boss or colleague or even job security.
Talking about these stresses or actively looking for solutions will help you become more productive and efficient.
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2. Increased customer loyalty and satisfaction
Your clients’ are the core of your business. The organization values them because they are the reason they exist.
To that end, failure to effectively manage your stress will only mean that you will transfer those negative emotions to a customer.
If you can’t manage your emotions you will only end up with a cycle of dissatisfied customers and worst case scenario lose existing clients.
However, better management of your stress will ensure that no matter what you are currently experiencing, you will treat a customer with the value and respect they deserve.
3. Improved mental and physical health
No doubt, stress can take a toll on your health. It’s not a wonder many working professionals today are suffering from stress related illnesses such as high-blood pressure, depression, anxiety, heart disease among others.
Failure to manage your stress will lead you to the same path. This is why work-related stress can ultimately deteriorate your health and in turn cause you to feel helpless.
Subsequently even your performance will go down.
However, with the right stress management techniques, you will improve your well – being (mentally and physically) in order to keep doing your job well.
4. Increased job satisfaction
We all want to work at a job which guarantees us satisfaction and security. But being stressed about where your next salary will come form or whether you should quit will lower your satisfaction levels.
You must learn how to find avenues to manage these kind of stresses otherwise they will eat you up and leave you feeling hopeless and lost.
And once you start addressing your stress head on, you will start to appreciate your job more and find new ways of adding value to yourself and to the organization.
5. Improved communication and interpersonal skills
It’s human nature that we often tend to withdraw when things take a negative detour in our lives. We retreat to a cave of solitude and lose the much needed social skills needed to establish healthy relationships.
This happens because you have not found a way of actively managing the stress you are currently going through.
And we all need others to advance and succeed because no man is an island and no man I solely built to live in isolation.
Hence, how well you manage your team directly and indirectly impacts how well you communicate and interact with others.
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