Stress Faced By Professionals – How To Handle It?

Self Development

Stress differs from person to person based on the situation. In general professionals whose job include critical thinking, people management, administrative responsibilities, etc., may face stress regularly. Some experts categorized stress faced by professionals in the following way:

Time stress – This type of stress arouses when you fail to manage work and time. If work load and pressure is more, we generally fail to organize work and this disables us to work efficiently. So, proper scheduling of work, making clear decisions about work will help overcome this type of stress. If it is neglected, it can lead to Alzheimer (forgetfulness) or chronic stress.

How to manage it?
Learn to manage time stress in order to be productive at work. For this type of stress, learn good time management skills that include:

  • Create more time in your day for working – This means coming early or working late, so that you get enough time to focus on work.
  • Devote enough time for important priorities – You get easily caught up in urgent task which actually has little impact on your overall output. Thus leaving you exhausted or a feeling that you had worked full day with an outcome which is not meaningful. So, priorities should be on the top of your list.
  • Balance urgent and important tasks – Important tasks are the ones that help you in reaching your goals, so balance urgent and important tasks by spending more time for important tasks.

Anticipatory stress – This type of stress comes when we focus more on future aspects rather than present aspects. For example, thinking about what projects will be assigned to you in near future and delaying your present projects. Being practical enough will help you overcome this type of stress. Concentrate more on present work rather than things coming to you in near future.

How to manage it?

  • Meditation helps in developing focus and concentration on what is happening at present rather than what will happen in future.
  • Learn to overcome the fear of failure – Planning in advance and analyzing all the possible outcome, will help in getting a clear idea on what could happen in future, thus helps in getting over your fear of failure and gives a greater sense for controlling events.

Situational stressThis type of stress is faced by people who cannot handle the situation. If they face a situation, that they don’t expect, they fail to handle it. By preparing yourself in advance for unexpected things, is a best way to overcome this type of stress. Try to be practical rather than conceptual, it will help you in handling your work better.

How to manage it?

  • Learn to be more self aware – This means to recognize the physical and emotional signals that your body sends when you are under pressure.
  • The major source of situational stress is conflict. So learn about the conflict resolution skills in order to handle stress.
  • Understand the physical as well as the emotional symptoms of stress that will help you in managing them appropriately.

Encounter stress – Encounter stress is experienced by people when they worry about interacting with some group of people or certain person. This stress also arouses when your role involves lot of interaction with customer or clients.

How to manage it?

  • You will able to manage this stress by working on your people skill. Discover the areas in which you need to develop thus helping you to improve your people skills.
  • Positive thinking will help overcome encounter stress.
  • Developing emotional intelligence. An ability to recognize the emotions, needs and wants of yourself and as well as others is called as emotional intelligence, thus helps you to interact with others and build good relationship.