By Rachael Needham, Head of Delivery Management
A key to good relations with our (yours and mine) clients is dealing with stress. When we’re negatively stressed or stressed out, we are less likely to be friendly, come up with creative solutions, or handle difficult situations well.
There is lots of great information about stress and handling it, so this is just a little reminder and snapshot of stress and handling it. Let’s take a look!
1. Is stress good or bad?
It’s both. There is stress that gets you up and going, which is good. However, bad stress is distress. It impacts you physically as well as mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and just about any another “ally” you can think of.
2. The physical impact of stress
Stress sets off inflammation in the body, stomachaches, headaches, and a long list of other issues. The biggest cause of inflammation in the body is from stress. The physical impacts can lead to illness, fatigue, brain fog, etc. And what happens when we have physical issues?
3. The psychological impact of stress
What affects us physically affects us psychologically, and vice versa. Studies show that just one night of poor sleep impacts our reaction time while driving and our decision making. Negative stress will have a knock-on effect as we work with colleagues and clients. Negative stress can sneak up on us, and begin impacting our decisions, words, and interactions, which can cause smaller issues to become escalations. Escalations create more stress and may draw others into negative stress, compounding issues by triggering stress motivated reactions.
4. Simple Solutions
There are lots of solutions for dealing with stress. Sometimes the smallest changes to your regular routine can have a major impact. Which of these things could you start doing for yourself?
- Go to bed 30 minutes early a few nights a week
- Walk barefoot in the grass once a week / month
- Bounce on an exercise ball / on a trampoline / in place for 5-15 minutes a day
- Stop looking at your phone / watching TV an hour before going to bed
- Take a pharmaceutical grade, bio-available, quality nutritional
- Eat a fresh salad / avocado twice a week (or an additional time if you’re already great about consuming veggies)
- Chat with a trusted friend or co-worker
- Take two 15-minute breaks a week to breathe / pray / meditate
- Read a book on personal development / techniques to handle stress
- Meet with a therapist
- Watch a funny video that will make you laugh out loud
If you’re dealing with high negative stress and feel like it’s more than you can handle, please reach out to a doctor or professional counselor who is willing to look at both your physical and mental health.
Here’s to a great life ahead as you pursue stress-free health and supporting customers and clients from a place of wellbeing!