5 Ways to Beat Stress and Create Superior Work Life Balance
Are you tired of feeling drained and stressed out in your work environment? Do you find it challenging to stay motivated and productive amidst the chaos? And if you say no, can you test to see if you enjoy lying to yourself? Honestly, you’re not alone. Many leaders and employees face the same struggle – we are too stressed and lack work-life balance. Today, we’re diving into the solution that, if applied intentionally, can help you create the balance you seek.
This article will uncover practical strategies to recharge your energy, thrive in a stressful work environment, and unleash your full potential, all while creating a work-life balance that works for you. Get ready to conquer stress and embrace success like a boss! Let’s jump right in.
Stress and fatigue do funny things to us–not in a ha, ha, funny kind of way, but in a hair-pulling, “what the heck have I gotten myself into” kind of way. It’s like being pulled in a hundred different directions, feeling completely drained. Our motivation takes a nosedive; it feels like we’re running on empty.
“So for about six weeks, I really had to reset and go, Wow, this isn’t over yet.”
Stress may be inevitable. “But how we choose to recover from stress is 100% up to us,” says Certified Exercise Psychologist, Certified Coactive Life Coach, ORSC-trained Team Coach and Keynote Speaker Michelle Cederberg. She believes that personal and professional success is directly influenced by how we harness the physical, mental, and emotional capacities we all have within us.
Like many of us, Cederberg was put to the test. She went through the Covid rollercoaster of highs and lows. She went into a dip in July and August of 2020 and came back out of it in the fall, saying, “All right, let’s just square our shoulders. We’ll get through this.” And then winter came, and more dips followed. The COVID cases were rising, and there was another dip.
She tried to keep everything at bay. But she finally admitted to herself, “I lost me personally. I am a motivational speaker. I lost my mojo mid-July after I pivoted hard and put all of my in-person presentations into 2021 and shifted to online,” shared Cederberg.
“I didn’t have any work. So for about six weeks, I really had to reset and go, Wow, this isn’t over yet. And I’m looking into the fall for all of the presentations that had been postponed from April. Now, they’re moving into mid-21. I’m going, Wow, this is it! Things have changed.”
Check out Marc’s Interview with Michelle.
It was like a lightbulb moment that sparked her success energy equation. An equation that takes into account all those pesky factors that seem to throw roadblocks on our path to success. You know the ones—self-doubt, the ever-questionable government, the unpredictable economy, or even that sneaky lack of motivation. And let’s not forget about fatigue, the pressure of meeting other people’s expectations, and the never-ending to-do list crushing any hope to a work-life balance.
But you know what? Based on Cederberg’s work, it all comes down to how we manage our energy. Cederberg gives us practical strategies that business owners, managers, and employees could intentionally apply to achieve greater success. She dives deeper into this in her bestselling book, The Success-Energy Equation.
Uncovering her strategies for success on my podcast, Cederberg shares some key drivers that can bring tremendous success to business owners, managers, and employees alike.
Communicate with Intentionality
Leaders, it’s time to have heart-to-heart conversations with your teams. Break down the walls and get to know your employees’ real struggles. Remember, “How are things going really?” is a powerful question. Open the lines of communication and show genuine interest.
Work and life are like best buddies—they go hand in hand. In the hybrid work setup, life tends to pop up unexpectedly. So, leaders, let’s allow for flexibility. Understand that work and personal life overlap, and rigid expectations can add unnecessary stress. A little understanding goes a long way!
Take Breaks and Recharge
This one’s a game-changer. We all need breaks to recharge our batteries. Certified Exercise Psychologist Michelle Cederberg suggests taking breaks every 90 minutes to two hours. It’s science, my friend. Your body craves it. So, breathe, pause, and resist the urge to keep pushing harder. Your productivity will thank you!
Foster Empathy and Bring Out the Best
Leaders, it’s time to tap into your empathetic superpowers. Connect with your teams on a deeper level. Understand their needs, aspirations, and challenges. By showing empathy, you create a safe and supportive environment where employees thrive. And guess what? That leads to higher productivity and satisfaction. Win-win!
Start with Yourself
Before you conquer the world, conquer yourself. Take a moment each morning to check in with yourself. Connect with your physical body and be present in the moment. Resist the temptation to grab your smartphone right away. Instead, ask yourself, “How am I doing today? What do I need for myself?” It’s your time to shine, my friend!
In the midst of the daily grind, schedule little hits of joy throughout your day. They’re like mini-boosters that keep you going. Michelle Cederberg suggests taking a short walk before and after work to transition your mind and body. Dress for success and set boundaries. Remember, those microlifts are worth it!
As we wrap up this article, know that you’re now armed with powerful strategies to recharge your energy and achieve success in the midst of a stressful work environment. It’s time to put them into action. Remember, it’s a daily choice, but you’ve got this! So go out there, recharge, and conquer the world with your newfound energy!
If you need help, we’ve got you covered if you’re planning a conference or leadership retreat and want to create an engaging and transformative experience for your team. Click here to visit Michelle Cederberg’s Website, and click here to visit Marc’s Website. We can help make your event a memorable and impactful one.
Don’t wait; take the next step toward unlocking your team’s full potential today!
About Michelle Cederberg
For over 20 years, Health and Productivity Expert Michelle Cederberg has captivated audiences across North America with her empowering and humorous messages about how to set worthwhile goals, get energized for success, and live a bigger life.
As a certified and in-demand speaker, author, coach and consultant, she believes that personal and professional success is directly influenced by how well we harness the physical, mental and emotional capacity we each have within us. She enthusiastically calls on science to help people boost that capacity, gain clarity, build confidence and develop the discipline to create the life (and career) they want.
★ MISSION & FOCUS: Michelle holds a Masters in Kinesiology, a BA in Psychology, specialization in Health & Exercise Psychology, is a Certified Professional Speaker, Certified Exercise Physiologist and a High-Performance Coach. Her life’s work has been about combining mind, body and practicality to powerfully ignite change in everyday professionals.
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About the Author, Marc Haine
Marc is a customer and employee experience strategist, keynote speaker, consultant, and author of Lights! Camera! Action! With 35 years of experience in hospitality, retail, and other customer-facing industries, Marc has created unique frameworks to help organizations build lasting connections to become THE brand of choice.
Marc’s energetic, humorous, and authentic delivery makes him relatable and fun. He empowers business operators with unique tools to create jaw-dropping, show-stopping experiences their customers and employees deserve.
Marc’s podcasts, Marc Haine Live and Experience Leadership: The Small Business Podcast, have over 90,000 views worldwide.
Marc is the 2023 Community Spirit Award recipient in his local community. He is the co-founder and president of several non-profit organizations, such as: Walk the Talks, and East of 60 Productions Society. He sits on the provincial and national boards of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS).
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“It’s not stress that kills us. It’s our reaction to it.” (Hans Saleye)