The horrific thing about S T R E S S is that it's contagious, it requires one person to be stressed in the room for the rest to be filled with burden. When you bring such a negative VIBE in the workplace it impacts your performance, but it also affects your collaboration with others. This semester, in the IA, we are not going to class, we are going to work; therefore, it's vital for me to handle my stress properly so that it doesn't break our enviable culture we've taken time to build. For BLENDZ, we want to create a a healthy culture, an environment were we can INNOVATE, were we FAIL and LEARN from our mistakes, and were we CREATE BEAUTIFUL WORK. Stress does nothing, but put at risk these values. Because stress is emotional it's extremely VISUAL, thus, it not only contaminates me inside, but also my outside, my co-workers. During the feedback session one of my peers told me that when I am stressed he felt I was attacking him. His comment has made me realize the impact this bad habit has within my classmates; I feel extremely responsible for bringing his productivity and motivation down that day. This is certainly something that I don't want to generate. So I am challenging me with different techniques that I'll try out next week to break the bad habit.
The first technique is to VENT. Holding in everything that worries and stresses you is not good. We all have a limit that when we pass it we explode. In many cases that is what happens to me. In order to prevent this I need to VENT, periodically, so that I don't hit that unhealthy limit. However, it's not about venting outloud all the time, but it's about venting at the right time (before you reach the limit) with the right person (someone who copes well with stress and doesn't get affected by it).
I always get caught up with my HW and school and I never actually exercise as much as I would want to. The other day I read an article that mentions how exercising release mood-boosting chemicals that fight stress. This study shows how people who exercise more have less stress. Therefore, since Monday, when I come back from my trip, my mom, my sister, and I will exercise 45 minutes in the morning three times a week. This will help me shake off my stress and start off my days with the right mentality.
People spend so much time complaining about everything that STRESSES them out, but spend too little time doing it. Sometimes my stress trumps my hard work and I fall in this vicious cycle I fear, INEFFICIENCY. This is why my last strategy is to use my planning and organizing skills I use for long-term events and deadlines for short-term things as well. I will continue planning like always (long-term), but every Monday I will create a plan for the week that outlines everything I need to complete everyday. This will allow me to organize myself, so that I build my work up to the deadline, with time, and I don't have to stress few days before. When I get big projects I'll work for shorter periods, but for more weeks, therefore, I don't have to do them all at once the week it is due.
I know that it will take me a while to END this habit, this is why I will try these techniques for 30 DAYS. It takes 30 days to build or break a habit. My challenge starts next week and it will run for 30 days. Let the challenge begin!