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National Stress Awareness Day is Here…And Couldn’t Have Come at a Better Time!

November 1, 2011

As National Stress Awareness Day arrives this week on November 2, it will be greeted by a population that is more stressed now than ever. Potential Unlimited and Towers Watson have both recently done studies showing that the number one reason people are leaving their jobs is due to stress. Potential Unlimited urges people to take control of their own lives to ensure they are including healthy habits every day to combat stress before it combats them.

We ultimately are in control of how we reactor to stressors. If people build healthy habits and ways to burn off a little steam into their lives, they will be better equipped to handle stress when it comes their way.

The Towers Watson study looked at human-resources professionals at 316 North American organizations who identified opportunities for promotion as the top reason that high performers would leave. In a separate study of more than 10,000 employees, work-related stress was cited as the chief factor. Potential Unlimited conducted its own study of 600 people. Almost 70 per cent report considering leaving their jobs due to stress.

Potential Unlimited’s Top Tips to Help Individuals Reduce Stress:

  1. Learn to meditate.
  2. Get more sleep.
  3. Eat healthy, even when you are busy and on the go.
  4. Talk to someone about your problems.
  5. Be true to yourself. Trying to be somebody you are not will create more stress in your life.
  6. It’s okay to take risks and make mistakes. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
  7. Get in shape to go the distance. Exercise is a great way to manage stress levels.
  8. Work with a coach and mentor. There is no regulated training for coaches, but Potential Unlimited coaches have all completed the Coaches Training Institute program. Before hiring a coach, research his/her qualifications.
  9. Don’t try to be all things to all people. We know this doesn’t work in business so why do we try do this in our own lives? The reality is that work-life balance is about deciding on priorities and delegating or outsourcing the rest.
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4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 3, 2011 12:18 pm

    I just did on September 30th. I have always been in sales and in this particular career I had a coworker for the last year of my 7 who was agressive,not a team player and caused such an eruption , that I asked to be packaged out. Since then I feel free, and have chosen a path where I am on it with a walking stick all alone and searching for peace . As I walk and the stick wanders from side to side making sure nothing is in my way,I find the journey very relaxing and the only compettiton is within myself now.

    • November 3, 2011 1:47 pm

      Congratulations Laurie on starting this new phase of your life. It sounds like you are in a good place and open to wherever the path takes you. Good luck!

  2. Emmanuel permalink
    November 10, 2011 11:35 am

    For me stress is a necessity. If there is none, then I fall asleep. Nevertheless, what I consider unacceptable stress is other people’s incompetence and lack of organization. Their stress is then transferred to others, often not to their superiors but their colleagues. On top of that, their colleagues also get the stress transferred to them by their superiors. That’s when they burnout and leave. Stress is exactly like an elastic; flexible, but to one point dangerous to blow up in your face. My father use to say: the only power people have on you is the one you allow them. Same for stress; it is to the extend of allowing others to transfer their stress to you. So ultimately, and it’s not a popular thing to say, people are responsible for the stress they have. One might argue that stress that kids transfer to their parents is acceptable. Really? I think it’s simply part of their education and becoming an adult. Having said that, stress is part of life, is good to a certain limit, and eliminating all stress is what kills performance, success and personal growth.

    • November 10, 2011 3:13 pm

      Thanks Emmanuel for your comments. I completely agree with your father saying that the only power people have on us is what we allow. Sometimes, I think humans struggle with this. We know that is completely true but then many of us want to please others, want to be “good enough,” and want to be liked. I have found a lot of stress busting tips like exercise and meditation really help me put stress in perspective in my life. Thanks again!

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