There are lots of changes happening in the world right now, businesses such as ourselves are planning their return to the office, recruiting team members, ensuring finances are stable and planning for the future. On top of this, not only are we trying to cope with the mental stress that these can cause, but we also have the unexpected stress that can occur in our own personal lives. We all know that ‘life admin’, as I like to call it, can have a really big impact on our mindset and focus, so finding the strength to stay at the top of our game in our career when this happens can be very hard! Therefore, here are my top tips to help channel the unexpected stress in our lives and turn it into a positive.
Tip 1- Sweat out the stress
Personally, I think there is nothing more therapeutic than heading to the gym after a long stressful day, putting your favourite playlist on and sweating all of your problems out on the treadmill (don’t worry, if you’re not much of a runner, I would also recommend boxing which is an amazing form of stress relief depending on how much anger and stress you’re experiencing). Studies have shown that exercise releases cortisol which in turn, helps us manage our stress levels. So, not only does exercise improve our physical health, it also improves our psychological health, making us feel much happier (win-win).
Tip 2- Pursue something you’ve always wanted to do
When unexpected life stress hits you hard, the best way to distract yourself and power through is by shifting your focus and getting your brain stuck into something else! Write down your bucket list/goals, ask yourself what you’ve always wanted to accomplish? Now is the time to be proactive and change your life for the better. Time is so precious, don’t waste it on being uncertain, take the leap and whatever happens, you will always walk away having learnt something new so why worry about what the outcome might be? Everything is a learning experience, get out of your comfort zone and see what you’re capable of. Personal development is one of my most important values, I am always striving to improve and progress where I can. That’s why I made the decision to pursue my Level 5 CIPD qualification. Not only do I enjoy learning about people management, but I also get the opportunity to apply this to my career every day of the week! Aim high, work hard, and the rest will fall into place.
Tip 3- Dust off the hermit cobwebs and socialise
If you’re anything like me and usually prefer to have an independent night to yourself rather than a night on the town, trust me, when unexpected stress comes knocking on your door, that is the LAST thing you want to do. Now that Manchester bars and restaurants are back open, get planning those girls’ nights and feel happy again! Having a good support system around you is so important when life gets tough, now more than ever am I realising how grateful I am to have the kindest and caring team around me, not only outside of work but even in the workplace. I am so lucky to have a team like Embryo around me and I don’t think I could have gotten through the past two years of my life without them. If any of you have already watched endless episodes of ‘The Bold Type’ on Netflix, you will totally appreciate my vibe right now.
This is much more of a personal blog than normal for me, I like to think that I am a strong (not so emotional) character 98% of the time, but the truth is, sometimes life is hard, unexpected life stress does happen, we just have to make sure that we tackle them the right way, communicate, have a support group and channel that stress into something positive! Be brave, do what makes you happy, learn as much as you can and be proud of yourself for it.