The Pipeline Guest Post – Megan Totka
Let’s face it – stress in the workplace is pretty much unavoidable. Even in the most relaxed office setting, stress can happen. Whether it is conflict with a coworker or a strict deadline that you are behind on, stress will creep up. Stress can affect your work habit, which is why you should make combating stress a priority.
The sales industry in particular can be very stressful, particularly to those who are new to the business. So how do we deal with stress? Everyone copes in different ways. Some people choose to eat right and exercise to try to combat stress. Others may internalize it and lay awake at night worrying. There are definitely healthy and not healthy ways to deal with stress.
- Self-talk or self-hypnosis – we all know that our brain is the most powerful tool that we have. The way that we think will always affect our attitude towards the people and things around us. One of the things that I personally find really powerful is to have a mantra of sorts. If you are stressed at work, repeating a mantra to yourself like “I will finish this project and it will be great” throughout the day can help you to calm your mind. Self-hypnosis is similar but instead you talk yourself into a state of calm.
- Get up and moving – even taking a short walk mid-workday can help you to get your blood flowing. Research has shown again and again that exercise is as good for the mind as it is for the body. If getting outside isn’t an option, take a brisk walk around the inside of your building. You can also consider swapping your chair for a balance ball. Some offices have even implemented treadmills instead of chairs! Workouts outside of work can help combat stress as well. Try boxing for exercise, it can help you get some of that stress and anger out in a useful way.
- Take off your shoes – I know this sounds strange, and when I first read about this stress-release strategy, I thought it was strange too. But if you really think about it, it makes sense. In some Eastern cultures (think Japan) taking off your shoes is the norm. Letting your feet rest or even using foot massage or manipulation techniques can help you to feel more relaxed. According to this Forbes article, Finnish gaming company Supercell insists upon its employees removing their footwear upon entering the office. Even without shoes they’re making over $2.5 million per day. Women in particular are apt to wear uncomfortable, confining shoes. Think about that great release you get when you take your shoes off at the end of the day. Try it in the office!
- Make your space zen – whether you have a cubicle or a big office, take the time to make the space around you calming. The Forbes article mentioned above suggests a bonsai tree on your desk. I personally had a mini sand garden on a desk that I used. It was very calming and fun to rake the sand and arrange the rocks when I was having a hard day. Think of other things that can calm you down; maybe photos of family and friends, or flowers. Keep things on your desk that remind you of why you’re slaving away at your desk.
- Cry, scream, or laugh – let it out! If you are having a hard time at work, take the time to just let yourself feel it. Often, expressing the way that you feel can help you work past it. While I’m not suggesting that bursting into tears at your desk is a great idea, processing through your feelings at home and letting yourself feel your emotions can help to relieve stress.
- Build relationships with your coworkers – yes, relationships can be stressful, too. But having an open line of communication with your office mates can help you to have less stress in the long run. You don’t have to be BFFs with everyone, but being able to express your feelings to those around you can help you to work through your stress.
If you follow these tips, you’ll be on your way to reducing workplace stress and making more sales in no time.
About Megan Totka
Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. ChamberofCommerce.com helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.