With April being Stress Awareness Month, we wanted to share our expertise on dealing with stress - everything from high-intensity moments, to long-term, unresolved episodes that lead to burnout.
Earlier this week Calmer Founder Tania Diggory and guest speaker Abigail Ireland led a session on experiencing Less Stress, More Productivity. These tips come fresh from the workshop…
What are the most common signs of stress?
Did you know, there are over 40 ways that you may experience stress? The most common are:
Lack of energy
Muscle tension or pain
Reduced ability to make decisions
Reduced immune system
Change in sex drive
Feeling tired all the time
How does stress feel?
Stress manifests itself in different ways in different people, and when connected with different situations. However, you may be feeling stressed at work when you feel:
Stress can also cause a “fight or flight” snap-response to non-threatening situations. This means you may find your heart rate and adrenaline goes up when posed with a normal situation - your body is reacting differently due to the stress you are experiencing.
Can stress be good?
As Abigail Ireland explained in her workshop, a certain level of stress can actually be a good thing. We can actually enjoy stress in the form of eustress, a positive form of stress, that gives us motivation, drive, and provides us with a beneficial effect on our health and emotional wellbeing.
However, distress, the negative form of stress, is what we try to avoid. It can cause all of the above symptoms, and an accumulation of stress can lead to problems at work, running a business, or in your personal life.
How to deal with stress
No matter how you work - in a team, for a large business, or as a freelancer - stress can affect your work. Depending on your workplace environment, you may or may not feel like it’s possible to talk about your mental health - which is why we are here to support you.
If you would like to start managing your stress better, try the following steps:
Check if these 8 causes of stress in entrepreneurs are affecting you
Follow these 12 steps to manage your mental health
Sign up to The Reignite Project, our free e-course preventing burnout
Refer to This is Calmer, the pocket mentor book that will give you daily tips
Strengthen your mental resilience with our Digital Wellbeing Training
Come along to the #AREWEOK retreat we’re co-hosting
Join the Calmer Community on Facebook and share your story
Here’s to your inner and outer success,
The Calmer Team