Work-life balance is perhaps one of the most sought-after elements of modern life. It’s an interesting catch-22, because both are important. You need to live your personal life, but in order to do so, you must work to support it—but not too hard, because then you’re not really living your life. Complicating matters further, problems in one part of your life can bleed over into the other. Problems in your personal life can mean that you might not be doing well at work, and vice-versa. Balancing the two is an art form in itself.
As an employer, it’s beneficial to have a staff that has that art perfected. A staff that is emotionally mature and able to deal with the stresses of life in productive ways is a staff that is focused and professional. If you feel like your staff is lacking these skills, one tool at your disposal is an eLearning course in stress management. Whether you use it as part of onboarding or as needed in specific cases, it can go a long way in de-stressing your office and creating a more productive working environment.
Here’s a few things you should be sure to include in that course.
What are your personal triggers?
If you’re not practiced at managing your stress, it can often feel like you’re floating on a tempest-tossed sea with no sail, no paddle, and no propeller, completely at the mercy of the elements. In reality, while there are forces in play that you can’t control, you have far more control than you might think. We all have our own triggers or things that push us over the edge. These can differ from person to person, so it pays to know what sets you off. Once you know what your triggers are, think of some solutions. Can you simply avoid the trigger? If it’s not feasible to avoid the trigger entirely, can you change how you interact with the trigger? Going even further, can you isolate why you react so strongly to your trigger and work on the underlying issue it represents?
How can stress negatively affect you?
A common misconception is that stress only effects our emotions. People can often downplay stress, like you’re just being a moody teenager who can’t deal with grown up life, to the point that you might feel silly for admitting it’s affecting you so badly. In fact, stress can do so much more than just making you feel a little grouchy. Stress can decrease your bodies ability to handle everyday activities, causing headaches, body aches, gastrointestinal distress, fatigue, and higher susceptibility to illness and disease. These very real symptoms can be mitigated. By controlling your behavior and making wise choices about how you deal with stress.
Which behaviors can help you manage stress?
One of the best preventative measures for stress is routine. Though occasional surprises can be pleasant detours from the mundane, our minds and bodies crave structure day to day. If the events of every day are left up in the air, unpredictable, and unreliable, most people don’t react well. Even if you see yourself as trailblazer and maverick, it’s always healthy to have a base structure that you can default to, even if the exact details of that schedule might shift. Part of your routine should plan for a well-balanced diet to keep your body nourished. Also be sure to put in some time for recreation and relaxation—especially for the mother of all relaxation, a healthy sleep schedule.
How do you beat stress? What would you include in a stress management course for your workplace? Let us know in the comments! If you need us to help you build the perfect stress management eLearning course, talk to one of our staff on the custom solutions team or check out our Customizable Courseware. We’d be happy to help!