If you feel stressed out, you are not alone. Our top sources of stress today are linked to budget cutbacks and the strain it causes organizations. It seem most people are constantly forced to do more work with fewer resources. 62% of Americans say too much work has a significant negative impact on stress levels. Our lack of time and excessive workload are slowly killing us.
Juggling workloads, many people walk around in a constant state of stress where adrenaline is continually being released which becomes the body's main form of energy. Over time, adrenaline contributes to many health issues, including heart disease.
As a Health & Wellness speaker, I suggest the number one way to know if you are stressed out is to gauge if you are taking yourself too seriously. If you can't laugh at yourself and your stressful life, you may be in trouble.
Here are 3 things you should do right away to stop taking yourself so seriously:
- Laugh when it's not funny. Don't try to change the unchangeable, just throw up your arms, shake your head and give in to the insanity. Find the fun at work daily.
- Know when to be serious. This may be in meetings or with clients where you need to appear competent (and if that sentence doesn't trigger a smile, you might be taking yourself too seriously!). Or in a high stress situation where mistakes can occur. Regular, everyday stresses deserve an injection of humility and comedy. It keeps them in perspective.
- Don't give negative people or situations power over your life.
I saw a funny speaker at a Health & Wellness conference for government employees over 10 years ago. His name was Tim Gard. I laughed so hard that I realized I needed the levity more than ever. It also reminded me the lighthearted influence someone has on your life when they make you laugh.
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