Change is stressful….Even positive change like a promotion can cause overwhelming stress. The added responsibility or higher profile can increase your stress level creating physical and emotional distress. All of these stressors can cause the following physical and emotional symptoms that can affect your health and job performance:
- High Blood Pressure
- Stomach problems
- Sleeping problems
- Sexual dysfunction
- Reduced immune function
- Frequent illnesses
- Loss of Concentration
- Memory loss
- Poor Concentration
Executives can help prevent reduced performance and illnesses by focusing on lifestyle changes and managing their stress. Managing stress can help you increase your ability to focus and maximize productivity.
Some tools that you can use to manage your health and decrease your level of stress are:
1. Make regular exercise and a healthy diet a part of your lifestyle.
2. Build in stress breaks at work walk around to get your blood flowing, take some deep breaths, and stretch your neck and back muscles.
3. Turn off your call phone and emails during meals and family time.
4. Schedule down time to spend with family and friends.
5. Reach out for support when your stress level is too much to manage on your own.
Time spent relaxing and away from work will improve your ability to think critically and creatively. Remember to take your vacation time to help reduce stress and prevent burnout. Resist the pressure to skip vacations it may appear to be beneficial to skip vacations but taking the time to recharge will be a greater benefit to your health and career.
By focusing on your physical and emotional health you can help prevent illness so you can enjoy personal and