As part of my recent networking binge I attended a BIG Council meeting last week that featured a Wellness Expert named Dr. Cynthia Ackrill. When I first saw the topic, I instantly had the “yeah, that looks interesting but I don’t have time” reaction that flashes through my brain about 50 times a day. Luckily, the event was hosted by JetPool who promised a tour of their fleet of private jets, so I decided to check it out. What I got in return was well worth the time, and provided me with some follow on suggestions for managing stress that I first listed in Stressed Out Sales Guy.The main point of the session was that “stress happens,” and is intertwined with traits and lives of even the most successful people. However, it is creating a humungous drag on the economy in terms of health and lost productivity costs. Dr. Ackrill suggested that the first step in combating this trend was for people to recognize and confront the stressors in their individual lives and then implement the “3 R’s of Stress Balancing: Reduce Exposure, Realign Perception, Raise Resilience.” She then went on to demonstrate some amazingly simple and effective breathing exercises- I was shocked to find that the more or less continual ringing in my ears actually tempered during the session!
You can find out all about Dr. Ackrill and her magic cures at www.well-spark.com. Here are a few new ones for me:
Image via WikipediaLet go of items based on old stories. (example, being stressed about cleaning the house when you can easily afford a house cleaner - you just don’t get one because your mother always cleaned the house)
- Make sure your “authority matches your responsibilities.” I see this imbalance crippling employees at Jigsaw and customer executives alike and it makes us all crazy!
- Align your actions with your values - make sure you get the most fulfillment out of the things, activities and relationships that cause you the most stress.
- Work on your breathing - yoga, meditation, whatever works for you.
- Be mindful of yourself - make a plan, prioritize you, don’t just run around half cocked and ready to blow all the time.
Just like with all educational endeavors (sound familiar, sales training veterans) I’m sure most of this will dissolve into the ether of daily life over time. All I know is that I’m going to keep an eye on my breathing, because my involuntary process is not doing all it can.