How the Best Project Managers Reduce Stress
The best project managers are able to use multiple tools, such as Kanban boards, Kanban boards, and project management software.
However, I don’t want to sound trite. The most important tool for project managers is the one they always have with them on their shoulders.
Your mind will be fried from stress and you won’t be able to manage a grocery list or a million-dollar project.
According to the American Psychological Association, stress can have a negative impact on your physical health, cause depression, or lead to mental burnout. This could result in missed deadlines and budgets for project managers, unintentional scope creep, poor communication, and a detriment to your personal well being.
It is as important for your career as your education and certifications to decompress after a long, but hopefully successful, project.
These are the top techniques project managers use to reduce stress.
Are you stressed?
You might think, “I deal well with stress, but not stressed out.” However, many high achievers are taught to ignore warning signs such as poor sleep, depression or chest pain for fear of appearing weak or incapable of handling the workload.
As a lifeguard, one of the most important lessons you will learn is that you cannot save others from drowning if they drown. You won’t be able to manage a project if you are so stressed out that you can’t make clear decisions.
To get a clear picture of your stress levels, take the Mental Health America Stress Screener.
The best project managers use de-stressing techniques
Read on if you need help with stress reduction. Even if you’re a Zen master, you’ll still enjoy these tips. It’s always good to treat yourself well.
The appearance of a stress-free individual
1. Take a walk
This should be our attitude when we go for a walk.
It’s not a good idea to sit at your desk for more than ten hours straight. Even if it seems impossible to get away from the constant stream of messages and emails, taking a 15 minute break to go outside will help you stay focused and more efficient when you return. According to a University of Michigan study, walking in green spaces and outside can improve attention and memory by 20%.
How to do it:
Bonus points if you can do Yoga together with your dog.
Everyone has that friend who carries their yoga mat everywhere, can touch their toes with the nose, and balances on their thumbs while holding onto their thumbs. We all wonder why this friend is more flexible and relaxed since they started yoga. The Mayo Clinic reports that yoga, especially Hatha Yoga, is a great way to manage stress and anxiety.
How to do it:
3. Take a break
An advanced napping maneuver.
Although it may seem counterintuitive to go to bed at work, it could be grounds for disciplinary action. However, if you are so tired that your eyes are blurred, you probably won’t contribute much. According to the National Sleep Foundation, worker fatigue is responsible for billions of dollars in lost revenue each year. A Psychology Today study has shown that a quick 20-minute power nap can make a huge difference in attention, concentration, performance, and attention span. Forward-thinking companies are open to the idea that naps can be taken at work. Some even designate facilities on campus for snoozing.
How to do it:
Meditation was once a fringe trend. Meditation could be a good alternative if your workplace doesn’t allow you to nap.
Don Joseph Goewey, author of “The End of Stress: Four steps to Rewire Your Brain”, stated that “When people are in various high-pressur