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Tackle stress for a more productive you

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Hold a glass of water in your hand and stretch out your arm in front of you. You can surely do it very easily if the duration of holding the glass is only for a few seconds or a few minutes. But if I ask you to hold it for an extended period of time and in the same position, what will happen? For an hour, your arm will ache. If you hold it for a day, your arm will feel numb and paralyzed. Remember, in each case, the weight does not change, but the longer you hold it, the heavier it becomes.

Stresses and worries play the same part. They are like that glass of water that we keep on piling up onto ourselves without realizing that the load sometimes crosses beyond the threshold. People in such situations realize it only when they get nervous breakdowns.

In the workplace, if you are in the habit of constantly worrying about the difficulties in hand, nothing will change. If you allow those worries to remain in your mind for an extended period of time, it will surely make you feel paralyzed, leading you to accomplish nothing.

It is important to remember that we cannot completely eliminate the element of stress from our life. As long as we are living, things and changes are bound to happen, and every change has some built-in stress factors associated with it. The good news is, we have the capacity to manage, treat and reduce stress to acceptable levels.

There is a simple three-step formula to tackle every stress present. First, identify and write precisely what the challenge/issue is that is causing the stress. Second, imagine if the ''worse comes worst''” happens. Third, identify, in every possible detail, what best you can do to tackle the situation.

Repeating these three simple steps will help you think better and focus your attention on stress mitigation. It will also let you become happier and more productive.

Handy Hints:

• Constantly worrying will lead you to accomplish nothing

• Identify the challenges and issues that cause you stress

• Find solutions that will allow you to reduce stress in your life

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Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company