Take steps to thrive with less stress
September 4, 2020
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Stress forms a part of our busy, connected lives. It can arise due to normal life events or changes such as new bills to pay or the start of the holiday season.
In the office, we can experience positive stress that enables us to achieve goals or tackle new and exciting challenges. However, we need to ward off negative stress that takes a toll on our mind, body and personal and professional lives.
Take positive action against negative stress with our tips below:
Bring order to your daily schedule. Set priorities. Write down your tasks in order of importance and tick them on your list once you completed them. Respectfully decline additional or unnecessary tasks. Do these to stay organized and focused as you navigate your workday.
If you’re working in a team, identify tasks that you can share or delegate to team members. Effective delegation will engage them to contribute to your team or organization’s collective success.
Lead a healthy life through exercise, which is vital to good physical and mental health. Being physically active relaxes our body and mind and improves our mood by triggering happy hormones such as endorphins.
Follow a plan to exercise regularly. Devote two hours and 30 minutes every week to moderately intense exercise such as brisk walking. Alternatively, you can spend 75 minutes on more strenuous activities such as swimming or jogging. Set fitness goals that motivate you. But don’t let it bog you down—keep in mind that having some exercise is better than none at all.
Want company as you exercise? Pursue your sport or activity with like-minded colleagues. At Accenture, we form special interest groups so our people can engage in their interests together. One group bonded by participating in Spartan races!
Choose a diet that enhances your health and helps you overcome stress. Keep it varied so your body can benefit from a mix of nutrients and minerals derived from different food groups.
Limit your intake of fatty and sugary foods such as sweets, ice cream and packaged fruit juices. Swap these instead for more fruits and vegetables. Eat fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce stress symptoms. Examples include mackerel and salmon. A tuna sandwich can boost your brainpower.
Take time from a hectic schedule to switch to the slow lane. Engage in restful activities such as yoga, meditation or tai chi. You can also spend time in nature or listen to your favorite music to keep your mind off work and stress.
If you find your muscles tense due to stress, refresh your body by stretching, getting a massage or taking a hot bath and a good night’s sleep. Practice deep breathing to relax.
Practice mindfulness. Train your mind to remove unhelpful and unproductive thoughts and mental behaviors. This will help you avoid needless worrying and negative self-criticism and judgment.
Nurture your relationships with family, friends and colleagues. Social connection boosts your mental and emotional well-being by giving you a sense of belonging and support.
Phone someone you trust when you’re stressed. Talk out your concerns and problems. A reassuring voice, good advice or even a laugh can help you put things back in perspective.
Accenture people support each other through communities such as Mental Health Allies and Lean-In Circles. We also speak with career counselors for professional mentoring and advice.
Take steps to tame negative stress today. Make use of our tips above to live a healthy and balanced work life.
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