Whether you are lower management, middle management, upper management, or a business owner, managing people and money can be extremely stressful. Those who have been in management for some time have their own tricks and tools to relax at the end of a hard day or week.
But those who are new to management often struggle with coping with the stress that can cause physical and mental health. Whether you are a new or seasoned manager, these tips for coping with the stress of management will improve your health and outlook.
Leave Work at Work
One of the best things you can do as a manager is leave work at work. Unless it is specifically required by your employer, do not take work home with you. When you leave the office or place of business, you should be putting all of the day’s activities, worries, and functions behind you. It could be helpful to consider yourself two different people, one who is a manager, and one who is just the relaxed and normal you.
It can be difficult to leave a stressful day behind. Your mind will try to bring you back to the same problems that you faced throughout the day over and over again. You may worry about decisions you made or what you could have done differently. However, this does not allow you any time to unwind. By training yourself to leave work at the door, you and your family will be much happier and relaxed.
Don’t Second Guess Yourself
Many managers second guess themselves throughout the day or week ahead after making a decision. Often in the management of a business decisions must be made immediately with little planning or forethought. It is only natural to wonder later when you have more time whether or not you made the right decision.
Second guessing yourself in this way is akin to ruminating, which is the practice of rehashing thoughts and events over and over again. This is not productive, but more than that it is actually detrimental to your mental health and self-esteem.
Instead of second guessing yourself after the decisions of the day, make the decision and put it aside. If there are consequences to the decision or other problems arise you can deal with them when the time comes, if it ever does. Worrying about the effects of your decision after it has already been made and executed will only lead you into a spiral of depression and anxiety.
Seek Help When Needed
It is not uncommon to have the need to talk with someone about your work to help you relieve stress and examine how it is affecting your life. Many managers turn to their spouses or friends for this support. However, many spouses resent talking about work all the time, and friends may not have the insight to be able to help.Instead, you might want to turn to professional counselors or therapists to assist you. Therapists are well versed in the stress that managers face, and they can give you helpful tips and tools for coping with the stress. They can also give you advice and support that will not only improve your personal life, but make you a better manager.
Marie Miguel Biography
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With