We all tend to get stressed every now and then but how do we handle it? Do you recognize stress in yourself? Are you self-aware enough to recognize and manage your own stress? These are important questions to ask yourself.
Having a high Emotional Quotient (EQ) is the key to surviving in this fast-paced business world. When you are emotionally intelligent, you are more self-aware and can manage your emotions well. The last thing you want to do is project your own stress onto others, which will not be good for you either.
Here are a few pointers that can help:
- Aim to increase your self-awareness by listening to feedback. We all have one or two people in our lives who tend to give us real feedback that we can rely on. Listening to their feedback helps you assess your own state of mind and emotions. They can help you recognize stress.
- Be mindful of your own behavior and learn to recognize stress when it happens. This could take some time and getting used to, so be patient.
- If you can identify your own stress, be on the lookout for triggers that are stressing you out and try to lessen those triggers in your life. Sometimes all it takes is to say "no" to one request, and it can make a world of difference.
- Finally, figure out one way that helps you de-stress. For some people, it could be a high-impact workout; for others it could be dancing or meditation. Figure out what works for you and be disciplined enough to take time to de-stress.
Aditi Chopra is an experienced leader in the software industry.
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