Stress factors and counter measures
Already in the last post I mentioned that people react differently to stress. Therefore the first step in stress management is to find out what your stress factors are. You can find various checklists on the Internet.
For me driving to new customers, training facilities, etc. is stressful. But once I have arrived I really enjoy working together on a project, facilitating a workshop or doing a presentation for a big audience, something that might be stressful for other people.
Once you know what your stress factors are, think about what you could do in order to
- Avoid the stress factor,
- reduce the stress factor, or
- if neither of those options are possible, change your attitude.
Back to my stress factor: I very much enjoy working with different organizations and different people, therefore avoiding is not an option.
In order to reduce this stress factor:
- I always prepare very well the day before, check the route on Google maps and on a real map,
- I use a navigation tool and
- I always plan in some extra time, in case I get lost.
Furthermore I always try to remember my success stories (how many times I found the location easily). After all, I have always made it to my goal, even if it was not via the most direct route. My answer to ice breaker questions like: “how was your trip?”, is always interesting.
In the next articles we will introduce more tools for reducing stress. In the meantime we wish you a lot of success with identifying your stress factors and finding counter measures.