10 Stress-Relieving Ways to Make Your Mind and Body Healthier

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This article was written by Rik Flaxman.

Nowadays, the word “stress” is normally heard from anyone around us. It’s nothing new. Stressors can be related to business, finances, career, family, health, love life or a combination of some or all of these.

Believe it, stress is actually a part of our daily lives now because it’s natural and unavoidable. However, if it’s not properly managed or addressed, stress can be detrimental to a person’s life which can impose great sufferings usually manifested through an ailment or a person’s behavioral conditions.

Although inevitable, the good news is that stress can be prevented or at least minimized through some situations that are controllable by you.

Yes, you heard it right. You can control stress. How? Pay attention to some stress-relieving ways which will eventually make your mind, and even your body, healthier.

1. Manage your time.

Time is one of the top causes of stress.

You hurry because you are late at school or work, you have a deadline to meet, a flight or date to catch up, or an emergency appointment with your doctor. But at that very moment, you’re in the middle of the street, in a taxi, stranded in traffic.

To stay away from stress, go to school or work earlier than usual. Decide which things are urgent and what can wait. Complete what needs to be done tomorrow but can be finished today.

Good time management surely makes your life easier, more meaningful and less stressful.

2. Simplify things with a to-do list.

If you’re that person who keeps forgetting activities and appointments, a To-Do list is a sure way to organize your tasks and simplify the things you just keep in your mind.

A conventional way to do this is through writing upcoming activities on paper. But the most modern way is to put it in the reminders or calendars of your gadgets.

So, instead of being burdened with thinking what you might have missed, a To-Do list will help you to always be reminded, updated and hence, more productive.

3. Get enough sleep.

Sleep is a necessary human function: it recharges your brain and body.

In various studies, it has been proven that sleeping aids in the recovery of your body from a day’s stress.

When you’re tired, you are prone to act illogically and gets more agitated, which are the precursors of stress.  The quality of your sleep is a factor to start the day with a positive thought and get through it unstressed.

4. Exercise regularly.

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Regular exercise helps to keep your blood flow and your organs in shape. It is also directly related to how your body produces endorphins which are natural painkillers. This, in turn, reduces stress.

Researchers say that one of the best ways to produce endorphins is fishing.

Fishing provides an escape from the daily routine and gives you the time to meditate and search for peace in natural surroundings. People inclined in fishing commonly use the “Fish Finder” which is the top trending best fish finder in town. You can also get this fish finder in some online selling sites.

5. Choose a healthy diet.

Eat foods that give you energy like apple, banana, oatmeal, salmon, and others. There are also foods that are known direct stress-relievers such as avocado, milk, oranges and spinach. When going to a healthier diet, limit your alcohol intake and quit smoking.

6. Always be positive.

Do not overthink.

Negative thinking will trigger your body’s stress response which is then manifested by your actions. Staying positive always will help you see things in another perspective which will let you respond appropriately to some stressful situations.

7. Stay focused but be flexible.

No matter how perfectly you plan something, there’s always a chance that something will pop up which can possibly take control of the situation.

You get worried that things might not unfold how you plan it to be. But don’t fret. The answer to that concern is to be flexible and learn to adjust to the situation. This way, you take the stress away from ruining your day.

8. Always trust yourself.

Difficult situations can come to you and at times, it can alter your objectives. Do not get discouraged. Always trust yourself and your instincts that you can get through the day.

Random changes will only confuse you at the beginning. But by trusting yourself and your capabilities even more, you’ll get back on track.

9. Stay away from demanding people.

There’s always a reason to note that you cannot please everybody. Some people are just very demanding, hard to get along with and make things complicated for you.

These people are stressors in real life because they are uncontrollable, rude, and will always make things hard for you. If you have these types of people in your surroundings, stay away from them. But if they are your loved ones, talk to them in a polite manner and resolve the indifference.  

10. Be honest. Ask for help.

“No man is an island”, as the saying goes. When the pressure is on, it is okay, to be honest, to seek help from your family, friends or colleagues. Do not be afraid to think that this diminishes your credibility. The comfort of being with friends and family is superbly different than being alone.

I guess right now, you might be in a stressing situation. Stop whatever you’re doing, slowly count from one to ten, breathe in and breathe out. Do this until you’re relaxed and the pressure is gone.

Remember that stress can be anywhere. To actually shake it off is just a matter of how you handle yourself in times when stress comes your way.

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8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

Why are there so few female CEOs? It’s a commonly discussed topic in the Australian business landscape, and often highlighted as an issue in society.

This has been made evident in the inaugural Robert Half CEO Tracker, commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half to identify common traits amongst the leaders of the ASX 200-listed companies. The research found the top position in the workplace is still male-dominated, as the majority of ASX 200 CEOs are men (94%). Only 12 ASX 200 CEOs are women.

It’s an unfortunate fact of the current C-suite employment market, with women underrepresented in top positions – a fact that applies to not only ASX 200-listed companies.

Despite this, it’s well known that diversified boardrooms with women represented across leadership positions bring enormous value to organisations and the wider business community. This is not just because of their wealth of experience and knowledge. But also because of their diverse perspective applied to business strategy that’s required for any organisation to succeed.

Whilst looking at the low percentage of female CEOs, within our Executive Search branch, we’re seeing a strong push for diversity from companies looking to hire at the C-suite level. Organisations are actively specifying diversity in their recruitment agendas, and not only just based on gender, but on an all-inclusive approach.

While there still is a long way to go for women to be represented equally at the boardroom table, it’s encouraging to acknowledge just how far Australian women have come and actively promote steps they can take to further their careers in the business world. More can always be done to empower women within the workplace. And understanding the common professional characteristics of top Australian CEOs is a great place to start their C-suite journey.

For women looking to hone their personal attributes, CEOs need to be clear communicators who are capable of both giving direction and accepting expert opinion. And as with all leadership positions, exceptional people skills are essential. By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts.

How Women Can Grow Their Career

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1. Know what you really want.

Think about what you want to achieve in your career – and why. Ask yourself some important questions:

  • As a senior executive would you be willing to work long hours and take up extra responsibilities?
  • Do you like to solve complex problems?
  • Are you comfortable as a leader?
  • And, crucially, how do your family feel about you pursuing a career as a business leader?

2. Develop a career plan.

Determine what you want to achieve, and work out a detailed career plan. This will be a blueprint that maps out your journey to the top of your organisation, allowing you to focus on your ultimate career goals.

3. Work continuously on your leadership skills.

Developing leadership skills is an ongoing process and an essential element for women pursuing a management position. By developing your technical, managerial and social skills, you are more likely to climb the corporate ladder – and be better prepared for the challenges you face along the way.

4. Communicate (more) directly.

Well-developed communication skills are essential for all managers. Yet men and women often have different communication styles.

Women usually take on a more modest tone, and often tend to communicate in an assuming way (“wouldn’t it be better”, “could we perhaps”, etc.). However, for a male audience – who usually communicate in a more direct way – this style of communication can suggest you lack confidence or are unsure about the matter at hand.

5. Take risks.

Women are usually less inclined to take risks than men. Yet this is part of being a leader. If you can prove you are willing to take calculated, carefully considered risks, you’re more likely to assume a managerial position.

6. Offer to take on certain tasks, even those nobody else wants.

A willingness to take on additional projects or raise your hand for tasks that others are sidestepping, can showcase your skills beyond your normal job duties. This is a great way to demonstrate you’re a team player, who is willing to go the extra mile for the company.

7. Do not be afraid to stand out.

All great leaders stand out from the crowd. As a manager, it’s likely you will have to make tough, and at times, unpopular decisions, so be prepared to set yourself apart from others in good times – and in bad.

8. Build your network.

People like to work with people they know. So do not underestimate the possibilities offered by traditional and online networking. Building your network can be important to getting ahead.

About The Author

Robert Half Executive Search specialises in the search for and placement of executive leadership talent across a broad spectrum of function areas and industry sectors.

By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts. Here are 8 tips to help women grow their career