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Avoid Stress By Learning to Get Along With Your Work Team

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It’s no secret that a big cause of stress for many working professionals is the team that they associate with at work. Think about it – you come into work and you have someone there that you don’t get along with – your stomach tenses up. And this will go on throughout the whole day – after all it’s not like we can escape from our work colleagues the same way we can escape from other people who are causing negativity in our life.

Nope – not a chance. Instead these people are around us – and the toxicity is stored inside of us. So what do we do. Many people will simply say change jobs, or just avoid the person – and to some extent that can be helpful if you work in a large company and maintaining distance is not an issue – however for others this is not practical as they work in a smaller company and not only that – in many instances they have to actively work with the person they have an issue with.

The good news is that in the case that you either have a small company or you have to actively work with the person that you have an issue with there is a solution – and that solution is conducting a team building activity. What you will find is that when you are forced to work with the person or people that you may have an issue with – actively overcoming some kind of challenge that what will happen is that you will build a common bond with them and learn to respect and value them as members of the team.

Remember – not everyone is going to like each other – but as a team respect and mutual understanding is very important. It is hard to not judge others in your company – especially those you may not get along with – and coming up with bias is extremely easy.

However with team building sydney chatswood activities what will happen is that you will slowly and surely learn to respect them – and from mutual respect a friendship is possible. One thing that we have found – if your company does not wish to employ the services of a team building company is to try and take the opportunity when working with a person to learn how your own reactions work and how you can avoid falling prey to your unconscious reactions – remember work is a huge contributor of stress towards people and finding a way around it is very important.

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Feeling Stressed?

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The first step to relieving stress is to identify its source. Here are some common offenders:

  • Change
    Any significant change in lifestyle or routine can incite stress while mind and body try to acclimate to the new living conditions. Examples are: A move, a new job, losing a job, pregnancy or birth of a child, or the death of a relative or friend. You can find more information on Psychology Today
  • High Personal Expectations:
    Perfectionism, or setting unrealistic goals is at the heart of a lot of personal stress. Over-achievers often create a lot of stress by the extreme efforts they invest in trying to attain the impossible.
  • Financial Challenges
    Not making ends meet, and dealing with creditors is a prime source of stress.
  • Physical Pain or Discomfort
    Relaxation alludes anyone with even a slight discomfort, all the more so, someone who is dealing extreme illness or chronic pain.
  • Spiritual Unrest
    Unanswered questions and doubts about the meaning of life or a lack of direction and guidance inspires feelings of being lost and stress.

There are infinite possibilities when it comes to finding the source of stress in your life. It is very important to take the time to get to know yourself, and know what pushes your stress buttons.

Once the source of the stress has been pin-pointed, you can move on and utilize a way to prevent it. Here are 7 suggestions for effectively dealing with and avoiding stress. They are not meant to be used exclusively, rather they complement each other very nicely.

  • Prepare for change by putting as many coping mechanisms at your disposal as possible. Keep a positive attitude; remembering that change ultimately cultivates growth.
  • Set realistic goals for yourself and those around you. Take all endeavors one step at a time, and exalt in small victories. Focus on the quality of achievement rather than the quantity.
  • Learn to tolerate imperfections and appreciate the differences in others the same way you expect them to tolerate your imperfections and appreciate your uniqueness.
  • Develop your communication skills. Learn to communicate with your loved ones in a way that is constructive rather than in a way that breeds aggravation and friction.
  • Responsible financial planning always helps. Learning how to earn, spend, and invest with the future in mind will prevent the stress of a financial crunch down the line.
  • Eliminate physical discomfort by staying in good physical shape and getting medical -traditional or alternative- attention when necessary.
  • Seek out guidance and information to help you identify the meaning in life and the role you have to play. Find a mentor, or a friend to talk to. And take time to think, and put all things in perspective, once you have identified what the core meaning of life is.

These are methods for dealing with the source of stress. Sometimes a more immediate solution to stress must be introduced in order to achieve the presence of mind necessary to truly deal the source of the stress itself. This is called diffusing stress. Once you are overwhelmed by stress, find something that will quickly diffuse it and allow you to get back to yourself and move on from there. Here are some suggestions:

  • Massage
  • Breathing exercises
  • Light music, dimmed lights
  • Doing something enjoyable in a relaxed position -e.g. light reading.
  • Exercise
  • Laughing
  • A hug

The method that works best will be different for each indiviual person and situation. It is important to note that some behaviors that have become popular stress diffusers are in actuality stress inducers because of their negative long term effects. Examples are emotional eating that leads to a poor diet, addiction, and committing acts that go against your conscience and moral identity.

We would also like to thank the work of Acoustica Projects for helping us setup sound proofing in our studios that helped us to avoid stress in our own work lives (being next to a train line is definately not the ideal scenario).

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