Stress Management Consulting Article on Working Temporarily at Home

Working at home can be a blessing and a curse.   With epidemics and national crisis those blessed enough to still work will have more experiences with working from home.   Those who work from home for a living naturally will have different experiences than those who do not regularly work at home.   This is because those who work from home are set up permanently not temporary.   Those who have to learn to adjust to the changes may experience some stress in adjusting to the new existence.

BUT first, before we discuss the many issues and coping strategies of working from home, we must first acknowledge that still having a job and the ability to earn a paycheck is a blessing during crisis.  Many individuals during pandemics or crisis are laid off or lose their job.  They have to worry about bills and food.   So before, individuals moan and gripe over issues that may be annoying or stressful, it is important to recognize the far more superior stress of those who have no income during crisis.

Working from home in times of crisis can be stressful but is a blessing instead of unemployment

 

This is perhaps the most important mindset one must possess.  If one enters into the temporary work from home paradigm as grateful instead of angry, then many stresses while annoying can be dismissed.  Annoyances and stress of change of scene are real but in comparison to having no job during crisis properly puts things into perspective.   A feeling of gratitude should exist despite some of the annoyances.

One of the first struggles to identify for those just starting to work at home is structure and regularity.  The comforts of home and distractions can be overwhelming for some personalities.  For those who need structure to function it is essential that a consistent schedule exists.  If one awakens at a certain hour and starts at a certain hour, then this should be maintained for these types of individuals.   Daily, weekly and monthly projects should be written into a time plan and crossed off as completed.   Certain times for lunch and break should remain consistent as well.

For those who are more able to focus, some of the luxuries of home can be afforded.  Those more focused can still accomplish the goals of the day and put in the necessary time.  They can be taken away from a task and still be honest, dedicated and responsible enough to complete the task  later.  To them the comforts, familiarity, peace and solitude may be very conducive to productivity.  Ultimately it depends on your personality and what type of schedule permits you to honestly perform your duties and fulfill the needs of the company.

This does not mean the home environment is equally peaceful for everyone.  Larger families will deal with children.  Sometimes a diaper may need changed, or children will need told to allow father or mother to work in privacy.  Pets will need fed or let out.   So the situation is not ideal and there will be times needed to step out as required.   Do not feel guilty for this but be sure to put the honest time and effort in throughout the day.  Accomplishing tasks are beyond an 8 hour restriction if home.  This can permit a lunch break that involves a brisk walk or run, or even a lunch break to

Stress will find anyone though in a different environment.   The practical and efficient office environment cannot be replicated at home.  Productivity can be close but truly cannot equal being in the office.   The office itself has the records, the files, the machines, and the supplies needed.   The temporary home office hopes to take the most essential to function.  The most pertinent paper work, files and supplies are taken.  Many who experience a pandemic will undoubtedly spend the last day in the office collecting a variety of tools and papers needed to function at home.  One can only try one’s best to collect everything needed.

Offices to function away from the the business site will deal with a variety of preparation stress.   They will need to forward office phones to a tracker phone, or set up alternate numbers.  They will also need to set up a remote access so that office computers can be accessed from the employee’s home computer.   These adjustments are necessary but also come with minor inconveniences.   The remote access has a slight delay in transmitting information.  While extremely slight it is not as instant as in the office.   This can also lead to delayed typing by a split second.  The font on some program can also be smaller.  Another issue is printing.  Most programs will not print remotely to the employee’s home printer.   This involves emailing printable forms to the employee’s home email and then printing it from the home computer itself.   This slows the process of printing and in itself becomes a project.

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Another stress is dealing with customers.   Not being able to have complete access or mail certain things may cause irritation to impatient customers.   Customers need to be more aware of national crisis but not all are so understanding.   Patience and care need taken when dealing with impatience.

Managers under law are able to deal with issues of payroll, mail, and maintenance of computers or machinery in the office.   Through emails and comunication, managers can ensure that “stay at home employees” are given the necessary documents that arrive in the mail, as well as monitor any issues that may occur technologically.   Office computers could turn off affecting remote access, or the phone service may not transfer calls to a tracker phone.   The fax may jam or a host of other technical issues could occur at the office affecting the workers at home and their ability to complete tasks.  Managers under the law can ensure that the business continues to flow with a short visit to the office.

In continuing with continuity and communication, remote access meetings can be planned.  Software and technology allow meetings to take place among multiple employees over the phone with digital viewing.   A meeting room can be set up with certain software that allows all to meet and report status of reports and production.

While less than ideal, it is better to stay in business than to go out of business in difficult times.  Despite some issues and new dynamics of stress, technology allows companies to stay in business but ultimately it lies in the hands of good employees to become dedicated to the change and perform at a even higher level.  This involves new challenges and stresses but all can be overcame flexibility, responsibility and honesty.

To learn more about Stress Management Consulting and coping with stress, please review our program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  In the meantime, be safe and continue to control stress and be productive at home.

 

Stress Management Consulting and Anger Management Article on The Deeper Understanding of Stress

Stress is a natural part of life.  Stress occurs daily but its universal impact is a subjective experience.  Many people succumb to stress and allow it to affect them while some are able to deal with stress and minimize its effects.  Some individuals respond as an extrovert, while others allow stress to eat them within as an introvert.   Some respond with rage, while others enter into isolation and depression.

Stress can originate from our daily schedule and the nature of one’s life.   If one understands his or her position in life and what comes with it, these natural stresses come less as a surprise.  Someone who commutes to New York City everyday, naturally expects the stress of heavy traffic and road rage scenarios.   While the stress is real and present, its effect is determined by the individual’s outlook on life and what he or she expects for that day.   The stress of this traffic can build over time but someone who has developed stress coping strategies can more effectively deal with the traffic and minimize its impact on daily life.

One can expect certain stresses on a daily and weekly life but how we handle unexpected stress and multiple stressors is key as well

The same is true for an individual who may work in a office.   One should expect numerous phone calls interrupting assignments, as well as multiple deadlines and potentially obnoxious co-workers.  These stresses while unpleasant are nevertheless expected stresses.   An individual who identifies stressors that are indigenous to one’s daily life will more successfully navigate the day and cope with the stresses that may confront them.

Likewise is the nature of one’s vocation in life.  Parents experience different stresses that single people never can imagine.  Parents are not only concerned with meeting the expectations of what need done in their own personal lives, but also must be concerned with the child’s needs.  Whether that stress is a crying baby, ensuring the children arrive at school, or take children to extracurricular activities, parents understand that certain stresses manifest throughout the day.  These potential stresses are certainly not foreign ideas that can emerge throughout the day but are sometimes expected or not entirely a surprise if they do occur.

Natural stresses that are part of one’s daily life are balanced to some extent.  They are expected.  One knows what to expect on Monday through Friday and what particular challenges come with those days.   The balancing act of coping with those stresses in a mild way and still managing the day is a very precarious balance though.   The degree of the stress or an unexpected stress can totally unravel one’s neatly planned day.  One may plan on heavy traffic on their way to the commute, but not be prepared for a fender bender.  One may be ready for the challenge to have all the children arrive to school on time, but not be ready to receive a call a from a teacher that your child skipped class or misbehaved.   These issues can unravel one already dealing with the everyday notion of stress.

One can identify stressors that are common and have a plan but when unexpected stressors occur, they can induce a panic, rage, or break down.   In addition to unplanned stress, multiple stressors can also play a role.   One may be fine with a rude honk from behind in traffic, but later, not be so fine with the person who cuts in front, or even later, the person at work who parks in one’s favorite spot.  Simply then add a spilled coffee on one’s favorite shirt and a lack of emotional control could emerge.   Certain singular stresses may be manageable but for many, multiple stressors, merely build up to a volcanic eruption.

So while individuals deal with natural stressors, they must also learn to deal with unexpected stressors and multiple stressors at once.   While one can expect certain stress to exist naturally within one’s day, one must be also able to cope with the unexpected and multiple issues that may appear uninvited on one’s schedule.

Life has order but it always does not keep to order.  This may be very difficult for an OCD person to accept but plans change.   One needs to have a plan, a set daily, weekly and monthly schedule, but stress, life itself and issues arise that deviate from anyone’s plan.   One can estimate what type of stress or difficulty may occur with a given project, day, or week, but to truly cope with stress, one must be ready to deviate from the path planned if necessary.

While life has general guideline, one can never plan completely without a few bumps and stresses in life. How one handles those detours is the key to living a physical and emotional healthy life

This goes beyond basic Anger Management and Stress Management which identifies issues that arise and teach trained responses to them, but goes a step even farther back basic recognition, and teaches expectations of not only the expected but unexpected as well.   One must be flexible in response and able to cope with new unexpected stressors in a better and healthy way.

Of course emotion is a key.  Emotion can be irrational and it can over react to stressors and various imperfections within one’s personality can emerge.   One truly must learn to know oneself, if one wishes to handle stress and anger on a given day.  This goes beyond expecting what stress goes with a day.  It goes beyond realizing that plans rarely go to plan.   It is even more than realizing that somedays are just bad days filled with multiple stresses at once.  It entails, one honestly examining one’s personality and identifying emotional responses to past stress and where personality defects exist within oneself.

This examination of self asks questions regarding oneself.  It asks if one is patient, if one is kind, if one is mature, if one is reserved as opposed to impatience, rudeness, immaturity and anger.  How we cope truly defines oneself.  One naturally likes to see the best of oneself.  One who rises to the occasion, controls emotion, and has intelligent responses to situations that are managed by reason not emotion, but this is not always the case.

A person who possesses these traits and is able to handle anger and stress is not only trained but also disciplined.  It probably did not occur by accident or over night, but was a skill that was painfully worked on everyday.  It was a virtue forged in fire, perfected over numerous falls and conscious restraint in stressful and angry situations.   Training one’s will and mind to respond a certain way that is not immature, rash, or angry is a difficult task.

So while it does ensue identifying stressors, preparation and expectation of the unexpected, it also revolves around spiritual and mental betterment.  It involves a conscious decision to change one’s response and emotional self to life situations.  It is a new spiritual outlook on life that accepts stress, not just daily stress, but every type of cross that may fall upon oneself.  It is a universal reaction to every situation that surrounds itself with patience, understanding, and kindness.

So Stress Management and Anger Management is more than just a few sessions of recorded response but is also a re-awakening of self to the world and how it works.  It is an acceptance of the temporal reality and how one is going to allow that reality to shape oneself.  One can go about as a crazed and AN unhealthy maniac reacting to stress in unhealthy and unsocial ways, or one can start to see the world in a less selfish way that puts others first and emphasizes vocation of life and giving back whatever troubles may occur from it.

Stress Management is more than a few key responses but also a change in life outlook. It is a spiritual awakening about the reality of life. Please also review our Stress Management Consulting Program

This giving back can be a spiritual one where everything is given to God, or for non religious, a giving back to society and its betterment.  If one is able to turn stress and how one reacts to it into a more positive spin, where one overcomes it and is able to make society better, or for religious and spiritually minded, offering to God, then one can truly start to see that all stress is natural to this world and no plan is concrete.   The plan that matters most is God or the universe’s plan and how one properly plays one’s role.

If one submits to the universal plan of life and starts seeing one’s unique role in the bigger picture, one can become more aware of reality and how stressors are merely noises taking one away from the bigger picture.  One needs to deal with stressors effectively.  In dealing effectively, one will experience a more calm, healthy, and quiet life.

Please also feel free to review AIHCP’s numerous certification programs in Stress Management Consulting, Anger Management Consulting and Spiritual, as well Christian Counseling Certifications.  These training programs can help anyone receive the training, and also information, to live and teach others a less stressful and angry way of living life.

 

 

Mark Moran, MA

Stress Management Certification Article on Truckers and Stress

Road rage and road stress are killers.  Hence it is very important for truckers to have the best coping abilities on the road.  Truckers need to identify stress and prevent it from turning into rage.

Truckers need to identify sources of stress on the road.  Please also review our Stress Management Certification and see if it meets your professional needs
Truckers need to identify sources of stress on the road. Please also review our Stress Management Certification and see if it meets your professional needs

The article, “Reducing driving-related stress for truckers on the road” by Vishnu Rajamanickam states,

Workers within the freight industry are generally stressed at their job, as logistics processes involve split-second decisions and remarkable planning to make sure freight movement is seamless and cost-efficient. Truck drivers are a vital cog in the supply chain and often suffer from depression and significantly higher levels of stress

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Stress Management Article on Teacher Stress

One of the most unappreciated job is teaching.  Teachers face unheard of amounts of stress working with students.  In addition to behavioral issues with students, teachers face multiple deadlines and expectations of success.  The stress can be unbearable and teachers need self care.

Stress and teaching can go hand and hand.  it is important for teachers to find stress management and peace
Stress and teaching can go hand and hand. it is important for teachers to find stress management and peace

The article, “Fighting teacher stress” by Chris Berdik looks at how teachers can fight stress and manage it.  The article states,

“Teacher stress is growing, experts say, pushing educators out of classrooms and hurting learning. On top of chronic underfunding for education and the continued pressure of standardized tests, there’s also the unrelenting pace of newer education reforms.”

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Stress Management Program Article on Headaches and Health

Headaches can be merely stress induced or may be the sign of more serious underlying issues.   The frequency and intensity of headaches can definitely point to levels of stress or possible health issues that one should be aware of.   Stress Management alone is usually an efficient way to reduce the stress related headaches that occur.

What causes your headache? Please also review our stress management program and see if it meets your academic needs
What causes your headache? Please also review our stress management program and see if it meets your academic needs

The article, “What Your Headaches Can Tell You About Your Health” by Amy Marturana discusses health and headaches.  The article states,

“Experts don’t completely understand what’s happening in our skulls when a headache hits, but the most likely explanation is that something causes the blood vessels to swell, subsequently stretching the nerves around them and firing off pain signals.”

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While some headaches cannot be avoided, many can be lessened in frequency and intensity with good stress management in one’s life.   Understanding what causes your stress induced headaches and then preventing it or at least utilizing stress relief tools can be the difference between a good or miserable day.  Please also review our Stress Management Program and see if it matches your academic needs.

Stress Management Article on Minerals and Herbal Supplements

Good article on minerals and vitamins that can help alleviate anxiety and stress.  Many natural aides can be utilized in helping the body find peace from anxiety and stress.  These natural supplements are sometimes the best way.  Less side effects and better results usually stem from natural supplements.   Holistic care, combined with modern methods can help someone alleviate anxiety and stress.

Natural is always better to fight stress and anxiety.  Please review our Stress Management program
Natural is always better to fight stress and anxiety. Please review our Stress Management program

The article, Feeling Anxious? These 12 Vitamins, Minerals & Herbs May Help, by Ellen Vora states,

“When anxiety reaches a fever pitch, many people want to reach for something that will help soothe their nerves and bring them back to calm—STAT. That’s understandable; anxiety and stress can be unbearable and hugely interfere with your life—including your health, your job, and your relationships. We have a lot of pharmaceutical options to choose from, many of which provide extremely quick and effective relief. It’s important to remember, however, that these pharmaceutical options are not without side effects, which range from weight gain to muscle weakness to decreased libido.”

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Stress Management Certification Article on Customer Service Stress

Good article on dealing with stress on the other side of the counter as a customer clerk this holiday season.  Customer service may be the most stressful job during the Holidays or any time.  One needs to control their stress and issues from home to properly help the customer.  Many need stress reducing techniques to effectively deal with the stress.\

Holiday stress of customer service.  Please also review our Stress Management Certification
Holiday stress of customer service. Please also review our Stress Management Certification

The article, “7 Tips for Managing Customer Complaints and Stress This Holiday Season” by Joseph Michelli looks into this issue. The article states,

“It’s crunch time for retail! The holiday season may bring out the best in humanity but holiday shopping can also bring out the worst. We’ve all seen the “Black Friday Brawls” as shoppers play tug-of-war with the last doorbuster sales item.”

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Stress Management Training Program Article on Leadership

Leaders in able to lead need to be at peace within themselves.  Leaders need to be confident and focused and not distracted by emotions and stress.  Stress prevents leaders from being decisive and clear minded.   Stress Management is key for good leaders in their ability to properly function.

Leadership and stress do not go well together. Please also review our Stress Management Consulting Program
Leadership and stress do not go well together. Please also review our Stress Management Consulting Program

The article, “The Importance Of Stress Management For Leaders” by Maggie Webber emphasizes the importance of stress management for leaders.  The article states,

“Leaders in any workplace are burdened with huge responsibilities of guiding their teams towards the achievement of professional success. They also need to take care of the welfare of their team members, while still maintaining their own professional capabilities. “

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In the meantime, those in leadership need to focus on controlling stress and maintaining a clear mind in their executive roles and leadership duties.  Please also review our Stress Management Consulting Program and see if it matches your academic and professional needs.

 

Stress Management Program Article on Team Burnout

Good article on how managers can help prevent their teams from burning out.  Leadership and good stress management skills can help teams reach their highest potential.  Please also review our Stress Management Program

Preventing team burnout is key to good management. Stress management can help.
Preventing team burnout is key to good management. Stress management can help.

The article, How Managers Can Prevent Their Teams from Burning Out, by Jen Fisher states,

“No organization wants to burn out its employees. And yet, according to new research, companies’ efforts to prevent prolonged stress among their staffs are falling short.”

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Stress Management Certification Article on Work Stress

Good article on stress at work and how managers can help workers stress less and do better.

Please also review our Stress Management Certification
Please also review our Stress Management Certification

The article, What Managers Can Do to Ease Workplace Stress,  by Dana Wilkie states

“Study after study—and survey after survey—tell the same story: Modern workers feel stressed out on the job, and the stress is taking a toll on their sleep, health, relationships, productivity and sense of well-being.”

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