All of us deal with daily stressors, but busy executives are particularly susceptible to high levels of stress and anxiety. A demanding job, one that requires you to be “on” and producing at all times, is bound to take its toll over time. The important thing for these executives is to find a healthy way of coping with stress.
Unfortunately, many executives do not find a healthy coping mechanism, and instead turn to alcohol or drugs as a way to mitigate their anxieties. This only makes things worse, in the end, and can have a bleak effect on personal health, stamina, and productivity—to say nothing of personal and professional relationships.
It is far better to find a healthy way to cope. Here are just a few examples:
- Know what your stress responses are. Does your jaw clench? Does your heart rate increase? Self-awareness is a good first step.
- Identify some of the main stressors in your life—the things that always cause you to respond adversely.
- Be active and fit; schedule an hour of exercise into each day, not just for general health reasons but for stress management.
- Take advantage of your vacation days. Time out of the office is necessary for recharging your batteries.
- When you identify a stressful situation, try to walk away from it, even if only for a moment or two, and get your bearings.
- Find someone you can talk to about the things that stress you out—a friend, a family member, or a professional mentor.
- Find an outlet for healthy expression—journaling, playing an instrument, or something else.
For those who have turned to drugs and alcohol to aid their stress management, know that there is hope for recovery from New Start’s executive rehab program—a great way to refocus on your health and wellbeing.