Monday, October 7, 2013

Don't buy your ticket for the burnout train

How you manage stress on a day to day basis can save you a ticket on the burn out train, stated Dr. Ganz Ferrance, my guest on a recent webinar that I emceed for Economic Developers Alberta.

Dr. Ganz Ferrance holds a PhD in Psychology and has been helping individuals, families, couples and organizations reduce their stress, improve their relationships and enjoy more success for over 20 years.

The first step to dealing with stress is recognizing it, and according to Dr. Ganz, this requires us to actually step back, not react and assess the situation and recognize it's impact on us.  Managing stress requires people to be self aware. 

Dr. Ganz offered a few practical tips to manage stress:
1.  Journal- write down your stressors, a summary of the day, or simply vent.
2. Take mini vacations- sit in your car and take 10 breaths before going into the office, or into the house after a day at work.  This helps you detach.  Rituals such as this can be powerful stress reducers.
3. Avoid taking work home.
4. Take breaks during the day (lunch, coffee, get some fresh air). Take a technology break by unplugging, and avoid checking emails before bed.  Doing this will result in a more restful sleep.
5. Understand the law of diminishing factors- the longer you stay at an activity, the less productive or efficient you are. So, take a break every 30 minutes or so. You'll have more energy, increased focus and the results will be more favourable!

Here are some tips to improve team relations and productivity during stress and change in the workplace:
1.  Take breaks- this is a great way for you to connect with your colleagues.
2. Ensure that roles and responsibilities are clear, and understood in the team.
3. Change can be tiring. Build your team, nurture the team and resolve issues, to reduce change fatigue. 
4. Communicate effectively, respectfully and frequently.

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