There are several companies around the world where stress is part of the corporate culture, no one has time for anything, all live in a hurry and few stop to think about what they are doing. Having a busy schedule and a high level of responsibilities and tasks to carry out can be some of the causes of stress.
The very high stress for long periods impairs brain function to the point that you lose gray matter neurons and consequently weight: adrenaline and then cortisol, which lasts longer and makes communication between brain cells secreted. This happens in the section called prefrontal cortex: where the regulators of cognitive and emotional functions are housed. That is why in the workplace, in particular, there is a strong correlation between acute stress and performance. Stress affects the skills of self-control, management of emotions, learning and decision making.
And this becomes a vicious circle that goes against the interests of any company. Employees begin to take quick decisions under the influence of prolonged stress and this leads to possible bad decisions, creating new problems that will cause more stress and this is how there are companies where generalized stress is experienced from the head of the company until the initial levels.
Some stress can be healthy, only if taken with long intervals between these periods. Under these conditions someone can be alert and even helps to go beyond what he assumed were his limits. When stress has a strong andprolonged presence the brain becomes vulnerable and has toxic effects in the body, mind and mood. Here are some tips to help you keep it to a minimum.
1. Taking several mini-breaks during the day
A simple anti-stress is clearing your mind and use activities to change your focus. Stop for about 5 or 10 minutes to: have a coffee, stretch, walk, talk, hear a song, etc..
2. Putting things in perspective
It is good to put the issues of concern in paper and note that often the mind broods while considering extreme scenarios that will never happen.
3. Practicing mindfulness and conscious presence
Hundreds of studies prove the benefits of the regular practice of some type of meditative practice (meditation, yoga, tai-chi, etc). This simple control techniques include breathing, practicing a positive attitude and a mindset of gratitude.
4. Leaning and cultivate network of family and friends.
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5. Taking a break from technology
It is good to be informed through technology. But to enjoy some moments to recharge your batteries and relax, you have to spend some time away from your emails and your smartphone. Recall that these techniques help us create a healthy space consciously to eliminate or minimize potential generators of stress cases. They affect our way of thinking, our emotions and therefore as the way interact. These recommendations are good examples to cope with the effects of stress. Many times, especially in Latin cultures, a weak capacity to manage emotions results in explosive events against peers, subordinates and even heads, wearing out valuable labor relations.