Friday, December 5, 2008

Don't Let the Economy Stress You Out!

We've got so much stress in our lives these days - from the holidays and the economy, in addition to all the regular stress in our lives! Not only does stress make you feel bad, it also takes away from your work and makes you less productive - thus creating more stress. Beat the stress cycle with these tips from sales trainer Colleen Francis.

1. Laugh. Laughter is one of the best tension releasers there is. Find things to laugh about and people to laugh with. Laughter is a great antidote for taking life too seriously. I keep a file of great jokes in my email system so when I need a great laugh, I can get one instantly! I also visit www.despair.com for a good laugh.

2. Take breaks. If you are working on a stressful activity, set it down for a few minutes, stretch and if you can, go for a walk. Learning to interrupt a stress-producing activity will help give you the break from tension that you need. You'll return to your activity refreshed and ready to be more productive. If you can get some exercise it will help you clear your mind and more productively solve the problem or the task at hand. Your body needs a break about every 90 minutes. So be sure to get up from your desk, have a snack and change your focus for about 15 minutes.

3. Make "happy" plans. Reward yourself for completing a task or hitting a goal. Make sure you set that goal in advance of completing the task because anticipation is an exciting feeling and will help propel you to success. Plan to see a special movie, eat out with someone you like, or do something else that pleases you. What gets rewarded gets repeated.

4. Focus your thoughts. The habit of thinking about too many things at the same time is extremely fatiguing and stress producing. Instead of being overwhelmed and unproductive, concentrate on one task at a time. Try making a list of other things you must do, and then put the list aside, so that you don't have to think about the tasks, but you won't worry about forgetting them either. Multi-tasking leads to stress. Focus on one task at a time. Complete it without interruption, cross it off your list and move on.

Colleen Francis, Sales Expert, is Founder and President of Engage Selling Solutions. Armed with skills developed from years of experience, Colleen helps clients realize immediate results, achieve lasting success and permanently raise their bottom line. Learn more at www.EngageSelling.com

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