We all know that our resilience-factor goes down when we are over-worked and over-stressed. But how do you prepare yourself for the unexpected and improve your resilience? To survive, we all need to rejuvenate, revitalize and recharge ourselves in order to reach our full potential. Here are some tips for doing that from your friends at Dale Carnegie Training of the Northwest:
Take breaks during the workday — Try to take breaks as often as possible, even if it is just for five minutes. Listen to some music or get up from your desk and stretch a little. Step outside for some fresh air and get the blood flowing through your legs. A few minutes of rejuvenation will make a world of difference.
Schedule a vacation — Taking a vacation may seem hard to do, but if you plan one well in advance, you are more likely to take it. Do not use the excuse that you are just “too busy” to get away. A break from your work environment for a few days will allow you to come back with renewed determination.
Identify saboteurs — Avoid people that like to sabotage others. Saboteurs can be co-workers, friends or family members who will unknowingly drain you with their negativity. Also, try to avoid people who are too demanding of your time and energy. A job is hard enough without having to look over your shoulder all the time.
Focus on a positive goal — You are more likely to neglect work that you dislike. When faced with a task you don’t want to do, focus on the positives for completing the work and the rewards it may bring.
Don’t be afraid to say “No” — If you cannot possibly take on any more work, then politely say “no” to the project. Remember, if you say, “yes” to everything, you are not going to have the time or the energy to do your best, and you run the risk of burnout.
Eat right and exercise often — The time when we are the most stressed is precisely when we need proper nutrition, so think ahead, plan your meals and schedule a time to exercise. Avoid stocking your desk drawer with junk food, and avoid putting off exercise until tomorrow.
Remember your physical, mental and emotional health are directly related to how well you handle stressful situations. Focusing on improving and maintaining these aspects of your health will lower your stress and enable you to overcome whatever life throws at you when you least expect it.
For more information on surviving changing workplace conditions join us for “Dale Carnegie Course: Effective Communications & Human Relations/Skills For Success,” being held in Boise on June 18, Idaho Falls on September 3, and Twin Falls on September 10.
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