How Does A CEO Handle Stress?
Ram Tumuluri “It wasn’t all that long ago that CEOs were supposed to suffer in isolation from their stress at work. If you were unable to manage the countless obligations that come with running a company, then you were considered to be weak and unfit to lead. This gave rise to stereotypical portrayals of what a “true CEO” was supposed to be like: always on, always the loudest voice in the room, and always blowing his top so that employees knew they had to keep up, or else. But business leaders today know better. Research after research has shown that stress kills. Managing stress is a huge focus of the best practices at CEO Coaching Worldwide. In this article, our team has researched how CEOs can implement several important strategies in their health and work lives to reduce stress.”
In this article:
Addressing the external source of stress
Distracting from the source of stress
Modifying the response to stress
Addressing the External Source of Stress
Your response to the demands world defines the level of stress you are facing. Take time to understand common stressors and the effect they have on you. Once you have identified your stressors, you can begin to find ways to eliminate or mitigate these external causes of stress. Next, write down why you are unable to deal with each of your stressors, then write down one simple step to get this stressor resolved. Just a small step in the right direction helps to reduce the stressor, plus it reduces the body’s negative response to the stressor by realizing that you’re working on it.
Distracting from the Source of Stress
One of the simplest psychological techniques for quick stress relief involves finding ways of distracting yourself from anything that bothers you. Examples can be a quick workout or even a walking break in the middle of the day, playing a video game, or binging the latest on Netflix on the couch. Anything that allows your brain to think about something other than your stress counts as a distraction that helps you stop feeling anxious for a brief time and allows you to recharge your body and mind.
Modifying The Response to Stress
Now that you have recognised the symptoms you have when you are stressed, you can identify them more quickly and choose a different response. Instead of short-term reactions like raising your voice, selecting the unhealthy item on the menu or delaying making a crucial business decision, you can now work to shift your reaction to a healthier one – for both you and your company.