Why I think stress management is THE skill of the future
Tuesday 22 September 2020
Were you surprised to hear yourself snubbing your troublesome customer? Does your manager’s (even well-founded) remarks hurt your feelings? Are you having more trouble concentrating? Do you make careless mistakes (and this is new)? Have you been lacking patience for some time? Doubting your skills? Do you forget appointments?
You have to think about everything: this meeting to prepare and at the same time to make the medical appointment for the youngest; to organize the next vacation, to find your new Internet operator and at the same time to answer the too many pending work emails… and to think about paying the bill… and …and…
Your mental load is very heavy and it has been going on for months.
Stress is not only due to working conditions. Your way of dealing with stress is unique like you. Your own stress is not only made up of work-related factors, but also of everything you have to do to reconcile your professional life with your private and/or social life. And there is also this letting go that seems impossible to you. Beyond the physical manifestations of stress, you may have already noticed a loss of patience, increased sensitivity, unusual irritability, difficulty concentrating or forgetfulness.
At work, stress can lead to poor interpersonal communication, unusual errors, inappropriate behaviors or even slow processing of information.
So in an increasingly fast-paced, constantly changing and performance-driven society, knowing how to manage your stress is, in my opinion, essential. Managing stress at work is arguably becoming one of the most important skills today to withstand the rhythms, changes, demands of work and not collapse.
The top 10 key skills of the future (Source World Economic Forum) are soft-skills. Cognitive and behavioral skills are gaining increasing attention within companies. The effects of stress affect precisely these areas.
So yes, knowing how to manage stress is THE skill of the future. It is by fighting against these negative effects that you can be more available and confident to meet professional and daily challenges. Regarding the skills of the future (Ability to solve complex problems, Critical thinking, Creativity, People management, Collaboration, Emotional intelligence, Power of discernment and decision-making, Service orientation, Sense of negotiation, Cognitive agility.), they are all related to the capacity to know oneself and to take into account the other. There are a lot of trainings. But if your mental and cerebral balance is disturbed by a high state of stress, you will only benefit a little. There are lots of techniques to combat occasional stress, or reduce the negative effects, but isn’t it better to also tackle the causes of your stress?
The good news is that you can turn to a coach to help you identify your personal stressors, your internal mechanics and discover your solutions to eliminate them or weaken their negative impact.
We are not all equal in terms of resistance to stress and the solutions of some are not are not necessarily suitable for us.