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Stress Management Tips For Team Building

Stress management and team building success go together.

One reason is that carrying around too much stress is unhealthy.

The human body is not designed for handling much stress.

Individuals with health issues are more likely to fall ill, and healthy individuals are more likely to find their sound health declining, due to the anxiety and tensions caused by stress.

Workers suffering from health problems are more likely to display low morale.  It's important to motivate your staff, but if you allow stress to run rampant you undermine the effort.

Any inspiring speaker who comes in to motivate your staff should also be able to provide stress management tips and stress management exercises to help the workers de-stress and handle their daily challenges in a relaxed, healthy manner.

Obviously, an unhealthy, unhappy work-force cannot be as productive as a healthy, highly motivated workforce.

So training employees in managing their stress levels is fundamental for an optimally performing workforce.

Here is another connection between employee stress and building a great team: There is also a direct relationship between one's ability to manage stress and one's ability to get along well with others. 

While stressed-out team members presume that another's behavior is the cause of their frustration, resentment or exasperation, it is actually their own stressful reaction-habit that causes them to feel so annoyed.

When employees feel stressed-out they demonstrate more impatience with one another, resulting in an increase of interpersonal conflict

As interpersonal conflict increases, employee stress-levels tend to rise even higher, creating a "vicious cycle" of costly workplace strife.

The better you manage your stress, the better you can relate with others, including those "difficult people".

There is also a direct relationship between one's ability to manage stress and one's ability to problem-solve.

The nervous tension and anxiety of stress interferes with creative thinking and problem-solving.  

To receive helpful insights and workable solutions more quickly and easily, remain calm, trusting that your idea will arrive.

It's easy to blame your circumstances, other people, and even organizational mismanagement for your state of stress. 

But all that blame accomplishes is to keep YOU from recognizing how you are causing your stress, and how to stop doing that.

Stress is an overly taxing way of dealing with circumstances and other people.

Stress Management Tips for Team-Success:

  • Throughout your day pay attention to how you feel, so that the moment you feel your stress-level rising, you can begin relaxing.
  • Practice doing your work in a state of focused relaxation.  That means being attentive and diligent, but remaining relaxed and calm.
  • When you notice yourself beginning to feel the stress of an interpersonal conflict, remember that stress is counter-productive, and concentrate on calming yourself instead of blaming the other.
  • When you need to solve a problem, remember that a calm state and a trusting attitude will serve you best. So practice INTENTIONALLY remaining calm, relaxed and patient as you trust your solution will come.
  • Take total responsibility for your stress. When you catch yourself blaming others or your circumstances for your stress, stop. Remind yourself that stress is a reaction to people and circumstances. 

Think of your ability to manage stress as a muscle that develops through exercise.  The more you exercise your ability to monitor, control and reduce stress, the stronger your ability will grow.

Stress Management Exercises for Team Building:

  • Spend at least 5 minutes a day with attention focused on how you are FEELING, looking for even the slightest trace of nervousness, anxiety, tension, or emotional aggravation. When you notice those signs of stress, simply observe them.
  • Spend 5 minutes a day observing your breathing.  Short, choppy breathing indicates stress. Keep your breathing flowing in a smooth, calming way.
  • Take a walk and notice the relationship between your pace and your stress level. Adjust your pace to help you to feel calm and relaxed.

Transform counter-productive employee stress into positive team work power. Stress Management Tips and Stress Management Exercises can be part of YOUR Motivate-My-Staff Seminar or Inspiring Speaker event.

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