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Mitigating Stress

Knowledge Building:

Stress is a normal response to an external stimulus which generally dissipates once the stimulus goes away or the situation is resolved. Anxiety is an internal or persistent reaction to stress.

Do you or members of your team experience stress in the workplace?  You’re not alone! 84% of US workers reported at least one workplace factor that had a negative impact on their mental health. Let’s explore three powerful strategies to help leaders mitigate stress, both for themselves and their teams:

Strategy 1: Recognize the Signs of Stress

Be aware of the signs and symptoms of stress, both in yourself and in others. Stress can manifest in various ways, such as anger, frustration, physical discomfort, or difficulty concentrating. By recognizing these signs early on, leaders can intervene proactively and provide support to those who may be struggling.

Strategy 2: Practice Self-Care

Prioritize self-care practices to manage your own stress levels effectively. Incorporate activities which fill your bucket and help you cope with stress into your daily routine. Taking care of your physical and mental well-being is essential for maintaining resilience and leading by example for your team.

Strategy 3: Foster a Supportive Environment

Create a supportive and empathetic environment where team members feel comfortable discussing their stressors openly. Encourage open communication, provide resources for stress management, and lead by example by demonstrating healthy coping mechanisms. Leaders can help mitigate stress and promote overall well-being within their teams.

By recognizing the signs of stress, practicing self-care, and fostering a supportive environment, leaders can effectively mitigate stress for themselves and their teams, leading to improved well-being and productivity.

Activity

Set a timer and reflect on the answers to these questions.

Self-Assessment

Self-Assessment:(Required)
Rate your current ability to mitigate your stress 1-5 (5 highest).
Self-Assessment:(Required)
Rate your current ability to mitigate your team’s stress 1-5 (5 highest).

Challenge