April is National Stress Awareness month and has been recognized every April since 1992. While stress is unavoidable for most of us, there are many ways to help prevent and manage it. Learning to cope with stress and finding healthy ways to deal with these situations can go a long way in living a healthy and positive life. After all, stress can impact many aspects of your life and business.
Continue reading to discover our tips for preventing and managing stress in both your personal life and business.
Practice the “Big Three” in Your Life
There is a reason that eating healthy, exercising, and getting the recommended hours of sleep always appear on prevention lists. These three key habits are the cornerstone to a happy, healthy, and less stressed life.
Eating a healthy diet full of natural, fresh, and whole foods helps the body combat stress naturally. It is also wise to avoid overindulging in stimulants like caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine that can amplify stress, interfere with sleep, and worsen the effects stress has on your body.
Getting the recommended amount of exercise lowers blood pressure, increases endorphins, and provides a healthy outlet to relieve stress. Simple low-impact exercises such as walking, jogging, and biking have proven to be especially effective. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate activity, at least five times a week.
Not getting a proper amount of sleep makes it difficult to deal with situations and can lead to increased anxiety and stress. Establish a healthy sleep routine by powering off or setting all electronics to 'do not disturb' at least 30 minutes prior to going to bed and try to establish a calming nighttime ritual, such as reading or meditating. This routine will signal your mind to relax and prepare for a restful night’s sleep.
Apply the ‘Big Three’ to Your Business
The same three key principles outlined above can be applied to your business, processes, and people. In this case, we will use Deltek Costpoint as our example.
1. Data Integrity
Just like eating healthy helps your body combat stress, “feeding” your Costpoint system healthy or good data will help lessen stress and increase confidence in your data to provide reliable information for effective visibility and control. Quality data is also an important part of producing reliable reporting deliverables.
2. System Review
Similarly as you improve your body and health through exercise, we can improve Costpoint through health checks. We get an annual check-up from our doctor to maintain good health and prevent future issues. Similarly for a business, performing a health check to review your current systems can help you avoid stressful unexpected challenges related to performance and compliance.
3. Process Improvement
Establishing a sleep routine helps you relax, reset, and recharge for the next day. Similarly, consider creating a routine to help your Costpoint users reduce stress and streamline performance. Process improvements can create a clear delegation of duties and responsibilities that can then be applied to help your users to feel relaxed and more confident by increasing visibility into approvals, trends, and productivity.
The Bottom Line
Potentially the most valuable takeaway here is knowing how to manage your stress. This goes both ways, as you need to know how to balance both your personal stress and problems with your work issues. For resources about managing stress, see the Coping with Stress Tips section on this CDC webpage.