It’s been a stressful past 12 months for just about everybody on the planet, especially for frontline healthcare professionals and people with covid cases among friends and family.
Accountants having to assess and communicate the viability of client’s businesses continuing or folding, managers and accounting business owners steering their businesses through the pandemic and keep their colleagues in employment is stress-inducing stuff too.
Here’s a 2-minute read designed to get you to check-in with yourself, assess how you’re doing, and some steps you can take to take the pressure off:
From developing your team to making your own tough decisions, being a manager naturally comes with a lot of stress. The days when you can sit back and relax are rare. Instead, you may find yourself rushing from one project to the next, sometimes working with employees who are unpleasant, unmotivated, or disengaged. Here’s how you can deal with all the stress and keep your career and your life on track.
Recognize Stress When It Happens
What causes stress for one manager may not faze the next in the slightest. So, it is important to recognize stress when it happens to you. If you want to find out where the stress is coming from, start by noticing these common signs:
If you notice that stress is becoming a problem for you, you can talk to a family member or friend, a peer, or a counselor in your local community. When you do, you can address the source of the stress, discover the effects it’s having on you, and learn new ways to overcome it.
Self-Help Techniques to Deal with Your Stress
Take a deep dive into all your personal issues surrounding the stress you are feeling. You can also learn techniques you can use at home and on the job to reduce stress. The following are some of the ways you can help yourself:
Create a Clutter-Free Environment
Commit to keeping your work-space orderly. Demand the same of the employees you manage. A cluttered environment is a stressful one. While many team members will personalise their workspace, it’s a good idea to temper individuality with neatness. That’s true for your own workspace and the areas you share with others.
Take Relaxation Breaks
Busy managers often work full speed all the time, never allowing themselves to relax at work. Yet, taking a few moments to relax now and then can boost your productivity dramatically. Consider learning relaxation techniques to do on the job, such as deep breathing or systematic muscle relaxation.
In the meantime, make sure you are taking short breaks from your work. Even if it’s just spending a few moments flipping through a magazine, going for a walk outside or making a cuppa. Getting your mind off your work briefly can renew your energy and restore your mental clarity.
Know Where Your Responsibility Ends
One of the hardest things for a manager to do is to release themselves of personal responsibility for everything that happens under their watch. You need to find it within yourself to leave some tasks in the hands of the people you are managing. Check in on them, certainly. But at the same time, it’s important to let them be in charge of their own work whenever they can. And, when you have met your responsibilities, leave room for others to meet their own.
Exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which puts more pep in your step every day. But exercise also has some direct stress-busting benefits:
Being a manager can be exciting and rewarding work. Don’t let stress spoil it for you. Instead, learn how to deal with stress in your own way. And, if you need help doing that, allow yourself the freedom to seek assistance to protect your physical and mental health. Then, when you have your stress under control, your work will become much more pleasant and productive.
About the Author
This month’s guest blogger, Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of free online mental health resources, including free online therapy with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.
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