Monday, February 2, 2015

“Manage Your Stress to Ensure Work-Life Balance and Lead Your Life Happily” - Professor M.S.Rao

“Everybody's going through a lot of stress these days, no matter how well off you are and how many advantages you have, it's a stressful time in everybody's lives.”  - Chris Frantz

Stress is taking a major toll globally. There are a number of reasons for rising stress levels among the people globally. Technology has brought both comforts and complications. It has become a boon and bane. It revolutionized the world converting into a small global village. It created more goods and services resulting in higher expectations from all stakeholders.  At times all the expectations cannot be met thus leading to conflicts and stress. There is a cutthroat competition globally. People are into rat race and chase money thus leading to high stress levels. At times, unrealistic ambition among the people results in higher stress levels.

Stress has both positive and negative effects. There are people who made use of stress to unlock their creativity, and there are people who failed to manage their stress resulting in stifling their creativity. Therefore, stress is a double-edged sword and you must know how to make use of it intelligently. Brian Tracy rightly remarked, "Stress comes from within; it is your reaction to circumstances, not the circumstances themselves." If stress gives positive results, it is known as eustress. If it gives negative results, it is known as distress. Overall, stress adversely effects health. If stress goes unchecked, it leads to burnout. Here are the tools and techniques to manage your stress:
  • Act and don’t react. Have a right attitude towards stress. Hans Selye rightly remarked, “Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.”
  • Avoid procrastination. Execute tasks in a planned and systematic manner as per the timeline. It helps you achieve the desired outcomes easily. David Allen outlines in Getting Things Done, “Much of the stress that people feel doesn't come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started."
  • Be assertive in the workplace and avoid accepting unrelated work. Bring synergy among the team members to leverage their strengths. Allocate roles and responsibilities as per their competencies and capabilities.  
  • Do what is possible to you. Understand your abilities and limitations. You can stretch up to some levels only. Avoid overstretching to avoid getting burnt out.  
  • Don’t set unrealistic goals and objectives. Set only feasible and possible goals to accomplish.
  • Avoid expecting from others as it might lead to conflicts thus increasing your stress levels.
  • Empathize with others and understand their limitations.
  • Have sex regularly.  
  • Go for regular physical exercises to beat stress and rejuvenate yourself. Hit gym or go for swimming or jogging to build your energy levels. You may also consider doing mediation or yoga.

There are three symptoms of good health – sound sleep, free motion and good appetite. Ensure that you maintain the same to check your stress levels. To conclude, reach your destination by enjoying your life journey. Balance your personal, professional and social life to provide meaning to your life.

“Life is indeed beautiful. It's times when we sink into our hectic and stressful lifestyles that we are blinded and fail to see what we really have.” - Unknown

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Professor M.S.Rao, India
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