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Too Busy For Your Wellbeing?

“I wanted to figure out why I was so busy, but I couldn’t find the time to do it.”
― Todd Stocker

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The world we live in is overrun by stress. In today’s society, people have incredibly busy lifestyles and almost everyone seems to be in constant action these days. I’ve heard business leaders say that they’re too busy to invest time in any leisure activities.

Think about those who work for about 40 hours a week, and probably have to extend those hours because of projects they must work on. Others have high demanding jobs, with hectic schedules and probably have to travel frequently across borders. Others have families and must work to earn a living. Such daily activities can make us feel tired, stressed, and depressed and that can be quite challenging to our ability to live healthy life.

I totally understand the value of time. The ‘every-second counts’ a.k.a ‘time-is-money’ kind of mindset. I totally get it because I’ve been there myself.

Thankfully, there are many outlets of escape from the total madness we face in our everyday life. All you need to do is make use of some leisure time!

I came across an interesting  poem by a Welsh poet, William Henry Davies (1871-1940), who is also best known for his short poem ‘Leisure’

 

What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

 

No time to stand beneath the boughs

And stare as long as sheep or cows.

 

No time to see, when woods we pass,

Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

 

No time to see, in broad daylight,

Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

 

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance.

 

No time to wait till her mouth can

Enrich that smile her eyes began.

 

A poor life this is if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

 

W. H. Davies- Source Wikisource

 

Though these words were written more than 100 years ago, I still find them relevant in today’s society. Cast your cares aside and create some time for yourself. Enjoy some leisure activities. Start noticing the environment and the people around you and live a healthy lifestyle.

“In the midst of a busy life don’t forget to live.”
― Marty Rubin

Have a nice weekend!

How Company Executives Can Cope With Stress At Work

Recently, the headlines were about the former Zurich Insurance boss Martin Senn who in May 2016, committed suicide, six months after stepping aside from the company  in December 2015. His death follows the suicide of Pierre Wauthier, who had been Zurich’s chief financial officer, in August 2013.

I came across an interesting article by Financial Times, which examines a few similar and related cases, where executives in Switzerland may have taken their own lives due to work related pressure and stress. In the article, experts point to psychological issues, emotional challenges, that are common among swiss business elites, especially for those in high hierarchies.- Of course such tragic incidents occur elsewhere around the globe too. Not just in Switzerland. We’ve heard stories about top bankers and management executives of notable companies commit suicide due to work related issues.

Work related issues not only cause general stress but can also lead to burnouts, especially among company executives. Some executives have  encountered continious frustrations and difficulties, and have been trapped in a negative psychological situation to an extent of being hospitalizied for exhaustation.

Remember BMW’s  chief executive Harald Krueger, who fainted just five minutes into his press conference, in September 2015 at the Frankfurt motor show? Although it’s unclear what triggered his collapse, experts say that such circumstances occur due to stress and pressure. And these can affect any one, from employees to senior executives.

How do you know you are suffering from burnout? An article by Harvard Business Review, describes a few identifiable characteristics-

 (1) Chronic fatigue

(2) Anger at those making demands

(3) Self-criticism for putting up with the demands

(4) Cynicism, negativity, and irritability

(5) Sense of being besieged

 (6) Hair-trigger display of emotions.

What can be done to help top managers to cope with such stressful situations?

 

“Hold On, Help Is On The Way”- (Whitney Houston ‘The Preacher’s Wife’ (1996))

 

Managing people can be stressful. Managers are expected to cope with a variety of employees, from the depressed, the rebellious, the self centered, the uncoperative including the malicious type. Managers have to be prepared for the pressures of having to deal with these kinds of personalites, and in turn balance those ‘conflicting personalities’ and create a motivated work team from them.- And that’s not so easy!

Justin Menkes, author of “Better Under Pressure,” discusses how CEOs can handle pressure without panic, and how they can cope with constant stress at the working place. (Here)

 

 

 

The American Psychological Association, also offers valuable information on how to cope with stress at the work place