Archive for the ‘Stress Management’ Category

Overworked and OverwhelmedMost professionals do not realize that mindfulness, or the balance of awareness and intention, is the antidote to extreme stress. While mindfulness may initially seem like a complicated and elusive goal, leadership coach Scott Eblin demonstrates in his book, Overworked and Overwhelmed, that there actually is a straightforward methodology to achieving it. To this end, Eblin provides readers with an in-depth guide to the nature of mindfulness, as well as a set of mindful routines they can implement to curb feelings of burnout and be happier and more productive in both their work and home lives.

Eblin advises readers to:

  • Combine awareness with intention. Mindfulness requires professionals to cultivate an awareness of what is happening in the present moment and then take intentional steps to reduce the feelings of being overworked and overwhelmed.
  • Breathe. By practicing mindful, meditative breathing, professionals can control both their bodies’ fight or flight stress responses and the harmful effects on their health and cognitive abilities.
  • Identify best performance qualities. In order for professionals to identify the best routines to achieve mindfulness, they must first understand what their best performances look like. This way they have a reference point as to how they want to “show up” in their personal and professional lives.
  • Develop routines to reinforce mindfulness. Routines enable professionals to reduce the amount of time they spend making decisions. Mindful routines also provide a positive foundation for professionals to consistently show up at their best.
  • Strengthen body, mind, relationships, and spirit. In order to achieve mindfulness, professionals must adopt physical routines to stay healthy, mental routines to keep their minds free of clutter, relational routines to maintain their humanity, and spiritual routines to reinforce their sense of purpose.
  • Take measures to stay on track. To ensure that they stick to their mindful routines, professionals must work to mitigate their self-doubt, make themselves accountable to others, and practice time management.
  • Determine desired outcomes in the three important areas of life. In order for professionals to take mindful actions, they must first understand what outcomes they want to achieve in the domains of their home lives, work lives, and communities.

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Worry can adversely impact people’s daily lives and the lives of those around them. In How Not to Worry, Paul McGee explores why worry is such a significant part of people’s lives. He exposes some of the behavioral traps people fall into when dealing with life’s challenges and seeks to explore the causes as well as the consequences of worry. After defining worry and discussing its causes, McGee offers practical tools and ideas to help people deal with worries and challenges (real or otherwise) in a more constructive way.

Despite the fact that people in the developed world live a long, healthier, and safer life than at any other time in human history, worry and stress are on the rise. But there are steps people can take to relieve this stress.

  • Manage mental diet. People should be mindful of watching too much “CNN” — constant negative news.
  • Escape “escalators.” People should avoid sharing worries with people who escalate them.
  • Cut the clutter. People should write things down to “declutter” the mind and also declutter their personal space. Clutter creates confusion and counteracts calm.
  • Find the funny. Laughter really is the best medicine.
  • Use music as a muse. Music affects people’s moods, so people should be careful what they listen to.
  • If something cannot be controlled or influenced, people must learn to accept it.
  • To re-tell is to re-live and this is not always helpful.
  • Move on. People cannot start the next chapter of their lives if they keep re-reading the last one.

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Related book summaries in the BBS library: The Stress Effect, Thrive on Pressure, Choke

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Many people experience anxiety on the job. This problem affects employees at every level of organizations, from entry-level workers to senior executives. Although workplace anxiety can be debilitating, it does not have to be. In Work Makes Me Nervous, Jonathan Berent and Amy Lemley describe a personal coaching system that conquers this problem. Berent developed the program based on his work with thousands of people. This process is designed to help readers diagnose their symptoms, build a map for change, and create a High Performance Mind.

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Related book summaries in the BBS library: The Stress Effect, The Three Signs of a Miserable Job, Speak with Power and Confidence

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As competition and economic pressures increase, business leaders are guaranteed to experience higher levels of stress. This can cause even leaders with proven track records to make bad decisions. In The Stress Effect, Henry L. Thompson explores the relationship between stress and decision making. He analyzes how people make decisions under high levels of stress and how leaders can improve their decision-making capabilities in today’s high pressure business environment. The techniques described in The Stress Effect are designed to help leaders improve their cognitive and emotional abilities, resulting in better on-the-job performance, health, and relationships.

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Related book summaries in the BBS library: The Age of SpeedExecutive StaminaHappiness at Work 

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