Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance
It is all too easy to say what you should not do when you are stressed and your productivity in the workplace is suffering, but then you are still left with the problem of discovering what you should do. When thinking about what you can do to deal with the situation, try to remember the three A’s:
The best thing that you can do is to avoid all unnecessary stress in your life. Obviously, certain stresses cannot be done away with. Nevertheless, reflect on your life. Are you stressed when involved in political or religious arguments? Are there certain people who raise your blood pressure? Are you prone to taking too much on? If this is the case, then do what you can to avoid such situations; learn to say no and avoid people who irritate you.
Some stressful situations cannot be avoided, so you need to work out some way in which you can change your stress level. If you are prone to bottling problems up, try talking about them to somebody, a problem shared is a problem halved. Try to manage your time a bit better; make a list of all the things that you need to do and come up with a plan of when you are going to do them. You will find that you feel less stressed when you can see everything you have to do laid out in front of you and your productivity in the workplace will benefit.
Sometimes you may just have to come to terms with the stressful situation in order to deal with it. Try to take a step back and look at the big picture; by having a change of perspective you may be able to reassess what you see as important. Try to take positives out of the situation; have you achieved something that you can focus on?
Take the time to find a solution that slots within one of the three A’s; your productivity in the workplace will increase and you will find your stress is much more manageable.
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