High Demand brings Extra Stress
Resilience is a key capability for remaining effective in a world of work that is characterized by constant change and uncertainty. It allows people to go beyond survival and actually prosper in environments that are complex and dynamic. Serious health issues resulting from stress is a real concern for individuals as well as the organizations they work for.
It is imperative that workers build their personal resilience to avoid burn out, everyone can work on building their resilience to cope in the most stressful environments. Re-adjusting focus, attitudes and behaviors can help them stay balanced and levelheaded. To build up personal resilience, an optimistic attitude and a good social support network are key, but there are also some practical steps you can take to further help with the management of stress.
Look at Stress Differently
We are programmed to see stress as all negative, but there is a lot that we can learn from the stressors in our life. Any stressful situation gives us the opportunity to develop our skills in dealing with challenges in the workplace. Instead of focusing on the negative, ask yourself what you can learn to prepare yourself if a similar situation occurs in the future. Mentally reframing a stressful situation by turning it into a learning opportunity can be a practical way to retrain your reaction to stress.
Compassion, both for yourself and for colleagues, is such an important part of building resilience and battling stress. Compassion helps to build work relationships where support goes both ways, encouraging collaboration and cooperation. A compassionate work culture is one that works towards the same goal, smoothly and without friction.
What Causes Your Stress?
By understanding the sources of your own stress, you may be able to avoid additional tension in the future. Ask yourself why a certain situation causes your stress levels to rise and why your initial response may not be helpful. Work on asking for support when you need it, or for some additional training in conflict resolution.
External stressors – such as the turbulent economic and political climate – are beyond an individual’s control. These stressors can impact an organizations atmosphere and may need plans and expectations to be adjusted in response. During an economic downturn, not adjusting targets for instance will cause undue stress as employees battle to meet unrealistic and unattainable targets.
Using challenging circumstances as an opportunity to learn will allow you to reflect on the situation analyzing it and yourself. Reflect on how you might manage your emotions better, take things less personally, organize your time better, or how you could communicate with your colleagues better. Long term solutions to stress management are preferable to short term fixes – as the former will help you build resilience.
Don’t React, Respond
It is normal to have an emotional reaction to stress, but it is important not to get stuck in that emotion. Instead, take a moment to analyze and reflect on the situation, and shift your perspective from the emotion, to what your next steps will be. Lay out your options and choose your next move wisely. The aim is the activate the thinking center of the brain, as opposed to the emotional center, so you can make your next moves rationally.
Resilience will Serve You Well
In a world where stressors can come from all angles, the ability to be resilient is going to serve you well. A resilient workforce is one that will be able to handle the demands of a high-pressure work environment, rising to meet any challenges they face, head on. Encouraging supportive workplace relationships and resilience training within your organisation will make for a workforce that is strong both in and out of the workplace.
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