Eye How – Managing Everyday Pressure at Work

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Guest article from expert trainer Valerie Manso –

Valerie Manso

Topic: Managing Everyday Pressure at work

  1.  A little stress is often a good source of motivation. Too much stress may cause both physical and psychological poor health. Following are tips to assist in the management of everyday pressure at work.Excess pressure is often caused by a sense of lack of control. These feelings of not being in control usually occur when we’re overworked; projects are late; expectations are not being met and more. The old adage “Plan your work and work your plan” holds more weight today than ever. Begin everyday with a list of the items you wish to accomplish. Then prioritize your list. Now work your plan – checking off items as they are completed. At the end of each day you’ll have a sense of accomplishment and a good handle on what did not get completed. The incomplete items are moved to the next day and the process begins again.
  2. Balance in all we do and experience is an essential component of any well functioning system. It is therefore essential that you “Learn to unwind.” Take regular breaks and walk away from current activity. Step outdoors, breath in the fresh air; pick up a magazine and rest your mind on non-work related subjects for five minutes; talk to associates about pleasant non-work related subjects. Take a lunch break and leave your work space. A simple change of geography creates a physical break. You’ll return to your work tasks refreshed and ready to proceed.
  3. Laughter is the best medicine is a well known saying that is absolute truth. Laughter improves how our hearts function, reduces stress levels, and has the power to heal relationships. Laughter is great for mental outlook and because of its many health benefits, laughter can indirectly help manage chronic pain and speed recovery from injury. Think of laughter as an internal aerobic workout – Medical research shows that whenever we laugh we release a wave of chemicals through the body including the endorphin hormone which is also released during healthy exercise. Endorphins (“of morphine”) are the body’s natural pain-relaxant – they stimulate feelings of well-being, joy and release a “high”.
  4. The following is a list of behavioral effects of excessive pressure:
  • Poor concentration

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  • Increased consumption of coffee or alcohol
  • Depressed mood
  • Increased smoking
  • Irritability
  • Inability to make a decision
  • Anxious behavior
  • Inability to deal with common problems
  • Withdrawn behavior
  • Absenteeism

And here’s a list of common ill health conditions attributed to excessive pressure:

  • High blood pressure
  • Clinical depression
  • Heart disease
  • Anxiety, including phobias
  • Alcoholism
  • Digestive problems
  • Stroke
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ulcers
  • Thyroid disorders

Prevention is better than cure. Take your “pressure temperature,” and institute corrective actions as soon as you identify signs of excessive pressure in your life.

You can reach Valerie directly via email valmanso@aol.com

 

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