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Managing Stress Workshop

Managing Stress Workshops That Improve Productivity

Self-care is not self-ish. Managing stress workshops that teach employees how to nourish and manage body, mind, and spirit will motivate your people to bring their best selves to the workplace every day. The right motivational speaker will instill new habits that help employees lead more vibrant, rewarding lives.

Writing in MindBodyGreen, Shannon Kaiser says: “Happy people put their needs first because they see the power of showing up fully for others. When you take care of yourself, you help everyone else. If you sacrifice your needs in order to help others, you’re only showing up as half of yourself.”

So how do you do that? How do you show up as your whole self? In a recent workshop on managing stress, I presented on these five areas.

  1. Feed your mind. When you feed your mind, it improves brain chemistry. In this stress training workshop, I shared the keys to avoid overloading your brain with problems, projects, and priorities. Instead, provide some space where creativity and new ideas can flourish. Top companies like Google reduce stress by encouraging employees to take breaks and come back recharged.
  2. Listen to your body clock. Some people are larks who get up singing cheerfully at the crack of dawn. Others are owls who wisely do their best work after the sun goes down. You cannot be both, even for a short time. If you try, the quality of your work will deteriorate noticeably. Here’s the nugget: if you have to use an alarm clock to jolt you out of bed in the morning, you’re not listening to your body clock and you definitely need more sleep.
  3. Regular exercise. You also nourish your brain with regular exercise. Walking, running, swimming, playing sports—all these activities release endorphins that improve your mood and bring oxygen to your brain. The act of focusing on a physical activity allows you to shut down those stressful conversations in your head and frees your mind for creative thought.
  4. Nourish your spirit. Be fully present in each moment. If you’re in a meeting, be there. Listen more, talk less. Don’t let your mind wander off into what you want to say next or where you want to go for lunch. Cherish your connections with work colleagues, friends, and family members. Some psychologists say that consistently happy people have five good friends. If you have one or two, you’re in good shape. If you have five, you are truly blessed.
  5. Proper physical nourishment. First, you focus on proper physical nourishment to reduce stress and increase happiness. Did you know there are seven foods that have been scientifically shown to make you happier? Start with spinach. Add dark chocolate, eggs, yogurt (without the syrupy fruit stuff), green tea, and raw coconut. These particular foods contain a variety of chemical compounds that help people manage stress and improve their moods. Of course you’re not going to eat them all at once, and there may be one or two that simply don’t appeal. Try incorporating a couple of new things into your diet each week and see if you notice any changes in your mood and energy level.

Through these tips, I helped employees find work-life balance and reduce their stress. Learning healthy new habits make people feel less strapped for time and help them get more out of life. That’s why top companies prioritize stress reduction and regularly provide workshops on this topic.

Don’t be afraid to put yourself first in your life. As we said in the beginning, people who take care of their own needs are less stressed and more productive than those who don’t. Become the role model for happiness in your workplace. Managing your stress isn’t easy, the tips above outlined in this recent workshop will prove beneficial.

Are you looking for a workshop leader that knows all the right strategies for reducing stress and improving overall job satisfaction? Contact Joel Garfinkle for more information about hiring him as your corporate speaker.

Copyright © 2012 Joel Garfinkle, All Rights Reserved. Joel Garfinkle is recognized as one of the top 50 coaches in the U.S., and the author of 7 books, including Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level. He has worked with many of the world’s leading companies, including Google, Deloitte, Amazon, Ritz-Carlton, Gap, Cisco, Oracle, and many more. Subscribe to his Fulfillment at Work Newsletter and receive the FREE e-book, "41 Proven Strategies to Get Promoted Now!"

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