Leading will bring stress into your life. If left unmanaged the stress of leadership can become overwhelming and cause a multitude of problems in your life. Stress could:
- Lead to burnout
- Roll over into your personal life in a negative way
- Cause health issues
- Lead to depression
- Limit your potential
- Create barriers between the people you work with or your other relationships
- Effect your leadership
We can overcome the stress of leadership by implementing strategies into our every day life. These are things we can do in 15 minutes or less and the outcome will be that our stress level will decrease. Let’s start destressing.
Call a friend
On the popular American quiz show, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” if a contestant does not know the answer to one of the questions, he has the option of calling a friend and asking for their help to answer the question. The contented who might have been out of the game without a phone a friend, can have the opportunity to continue playing if his friend has the right answer.
In life and leading, we should all have a close friend we can call when needed. When stress becomes to grip our life, the best solution is to have a friend we can call and ask for support or help. Talking with a friend for 15 minutes can really save us from a lot of stress. We should all continue to grow and maintain our relationships, so we have at least 1 person in our life who knows us in a personal way and that we can call on at anytime of the day.
Take a short walk
Short walks are powerful. When your stress levels are increasing at a fast pace, a quick solution to lower the stress is to take a 10-15-minute walk. I’ve had to discipline myself to implement short walks through the day and the choice has greatly benefited me. It can do the same for you.
When you walk it releases endorphins, which are the “feel-good” chemicals in your body. Those chemicals can positively affect your body, thoughts, and stress level. It’s worth getting out of the office to take a walk. Another added benefit of the chemical is that it can boost your energy level as well.
Engage in personal or spiritual growth content
Personal and spiritual growth content can reduce stress levels and bring about numerous benefits. Whenever I’ve felt the stress of leading or life, growth content has always helped me to destress. In fact, on the way to and from work I typically listen to audio books related to personal and spiritual growth.
This one habit has allowed me to live a little less stressful life and it leaves me feeling encouraged and motivated. All leaders should take time on a regular basis to engage in personal and/or spiritual growth content, especially when they are feeling stressed. When you engage in consuming personal or spiritual growth content, you will soon see the positive results from the activity.
Take a break
When I’m in the productivity zone, it can be hard for me to stop. Time can fly by and hours can seem like minutes, until my body starts to give me signs to take a break. It could be my body starts to tense up, my stomach begins to growl for food, or my productivity takes a dive downward. When this happens, I know it’s time to take a break.
When your body starts giving you similar signs, it’s time to stop and take a break. The best breaks are between 10-15 minutes. These breaks take you away from your work: both physically and mentally. You should plan and stick to taking regular breaks through the day, so stress levels never get too high. Taking a break can be helpful when you have just finished a stressful meeting or situation at work.
Question: How do you release the stress of leading?
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