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Remote Working Webinars - Managing Stress in Unusually Stressful Times.

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Eden Whitcomb
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How can you manage the stress levels of yourselves AND your employees in an unusually stressful time?

Eden Whitcomb speaks to Lisa Dempsey, CPCC about her top tips for understanding what is making us overly stressed and how to combat those issues.

The top two things that stood out for us, were:

1. Don't work long hours; whilst it is tempting to 'just finish one more thing' it's very important to keep the same hours as you would in the office.

2. Make full use of outdoor time; ensure you get OUTSIDE to exercise every, single day. Fresh air is as important as the exercise itself.

Watch the full video below as Lisa expands on the above as she has many other insightful bits of advice for managing stress in an unprecedented time. What are you doing to manage your stress levels? We'd love to hear from you.

 

FULL TRANSCRIPTION:

Eden Whitcomb

Welcome and thanks for joining us. 

You are here today because you believe that information and knowledge sharing is critical in a connected world. 

Our goal with this show and company is to introduce high quality, actionable insights that will help both hiring managers and job seekers execute lean recruitment processes and gain industry knowledge to further enhance their careers. 

Today, I am joined by leadership coach and Human Dynamics and engineer with more than 20 years experience delivering results in fast paced global organizations, specifically working with purpose focused individuals, teams and businesses who want to make an effective and positive impact on the world.

Right now, she's the CEO of her own business Leadership Labs, as well as an advisory member to the board of three other organizations. She also hosts her own podcast; H.R. Matters and provides low cost webinars to help organizations pivot through times of crisis and make working virtually more meaningful and impactful. 

I've been a fan of hers for some time and it's an honor to share the call with her today. So please welcome the winner of the Gold Leader Award for her visionary leadership, Lisa Dempsey, CEO of Leadership Labs. 

Welcome to the show. Lisa, how you doing?

Lisa Dempsey

Thanks so much for having me on Eden. It's a pleasure to be here with you.

Eden Whitcomb

With the whole fear aspects and the energy drain, you also touched upon the fact of stress as well. And stress in the workplace is massive in any circumstance, in a circumstance where the whole economy seems to be crashing down around us, you know, it's just causing more stress to everybody from every department. 

So I know this is something that you've been working on quite a lot recently. So is there any specific, actionable insights? Anything that companies can do right now to help minimize distress outside of what you discussed, Is there anything else that you could recommend to somebody, say, look, if you've got stressed individuals or stress team or workflows, try these sorts of tactics in terms of stress management?

Lisa Dempsey:

There's some really basic things that people can be doing, really straightforward. And it's especially important in terms of working virtually. So really taking the time to connect with people on a personal level in doing it fun novel, things like taking a virtual tour of a colleagues home or meeting their kids and getting to know them is something that I've heard a lot of feedback on from people as well, that in a remote working has been difficult. But it's been so nice to see their colleagues as like real people with stories and families and all of these things build on that connection.

Clear space for self reflection. It's a really important part of doing and it's really, really important in terms of stress, because, again, you've got to tune into what's going on inside of you to be able to name it, to be able to recognize, you know, my feeling more tired today. Am I feeling more stressed today? My feeling more fear today. You've got to make time for that. And so clear some space and it doesn't have to be long.

It can just be two minutes when you wake up in the morning or, you know, 30 seconds before you step into an online meeting. Another thing people can do is get outside. If you're in a country and you're in a space where allowed to be outside. Get out from behind your screen. Your brain needs this to be effective. Focusing on just sort of that the the twelve inches or the, you know, half meter between your body and your screen.

That'll lead to tunnel vision no matter what. So kid out if you can get outside, create a daily routine for yourself. You know, we've had all of our normal structures ripped out, creating just a daily routine and rhythm for yourself, whereby you're waking up at certain times, you're working in certain blocks of time. It's so easy when, you know, we're basically our home becomes our office and there's all of this work and we're trying to fill all of these gaps.

It's easy to trick ourselves into believing that working more hours is going to make us more effective. Now that that has never been true and it never will be true. So, you know, block out your working times and build a schedule for yourself. And remember everything in moderation, including moderation and ask for help. You know, this goes back to her as well. The the a little bit of the example that you gave, ask for help, ask, you know, get curious about the things that you're really struggling with and you just don't know you feel lost and are unsure about.

Don't bottle it up and pretend that everything's fine. Ask the important questions, even if they're hard and uncomfortable. Letting that in does wonders and can really release a tremendous amount of stress and create a lot of opportunity. And then the last thing that I would really hope for everybody is laugh, you know, find. Find something funny. Find some humor or share humor with your colleagues. Not obsessively. I know some some teams have said, oh, I'm constantly getting nothing but funny

You know what? That messages from somebody. It's this constant stream and it's it's tiresome then. But that's not helpful. But, you know, making time to laugh and just enjoy something, you know, at least once a day. It reduces stress and it increases memory. So it's really important to just find a moment to laugh, relax every single day.