British managers are working long days on the job, leaving little time to rest and unwind.
The requirement to stay in line with company goals, meet milestones and lead their teams is a lot of responsibility that leads to stress.
If stress is not managed, it leads to anxiety, insomnia, weight gain and a host of other emotional and physical problems.
Managers need to deal with the stresses of the job now with these 2 ways:
It may sound impossible, but the way to be more productive may actually be to work less.
One study found that managers cancel out their annual leave by working one extra hour per day, if not more.
All of this overtime leads to about a month of overtime over the year – the same amount of time as their annual holiday entitlement.
Nine out of 10 confirm that they are working more hours than they are contractually obligated to, with 10% reporting that they work an extra 3 hours per day just to keep up with their tasks.
It’s not surprising that over half of managers report that they feel very stressed out due to their long working hours.
Although they may end up working longer hours, the fact that they are stressed and tired makes them less efficient and productive, causing a never ending cycle of work.
In order to deal with your stress better, shut down your computer and walk out of the office at a decent time in order to give yourself time to destress and start fresh in the morning.
There is an easy ancient practice that is proven to lower stress levels in a relatively short amount of time.
Practicing mindfulness and meditation is a secret that many business leaders around the world can attest to in helping them become more creative, relaxed and happier.
A study by Health Psychology magazine found that mindful meditation actually lowered the amount of cortisol, the hormone that regulates stress levels, in the body.
It is not surprising that some of the most successful CEOs practice meditation, such as the CEOs of world-known companies like Tupperware, United Fuels International and Monsanto.
Celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Russell Simmons, Sting and Katy Perry follow this trend as well!
Setting out as little as five minutes to an hour per day to practice meditation can significantly lower your stress, anxiety and depression!
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Mark Williams is a learning and development professional, using business psychology and multiple intelligences to create fascinating and quickly-identifiable learning initiatives in the real-world business setting. Mark’s role at MTD is to ensure that our training is leading edge, and works closely with our trainers to develop the best learning experiences for all people on learning programmes. Mark designs and delivers training programmes for businesses both small and large and strives to ensure that MTD’s clients are receiving the very best training, support and services that will really make a difference to their business.