We are overworked and over-stressed and it’s time to Give Your Brain A Break! This puts a huge stress on the brain. So you need to give your brain a break. Karen Lealand, President of the Sterling Marketing Group, where she helps authors, experts, small businesses and Fortune 1000 companies build stronger brands and businesses using The Modern Marketing Pyramid™ method, a strategic and comprehensive approach that integrates business development, branding, content/Internet marketing, public relations and social media, joins the show and discusses the stress that people are having to deal with in the work place.
Here are stressors at work that can cause your brain to need a break:
- A Supervisor taking credit for your work
- A Disruptive boss
- Not feeling safe to express ideas and feelings
- Being overwhelmed at work
- Being over worked
Did you know that 51% of employees do not use all paid vacation days that are available. 61% work while on vacation even at the complaints of their families. All of this leads to brain drain and brain strain. We must start to be very strategic in our time and our task. While we love social media we must realize that one of the negative side effects is that it has created an interruption culture. When we start on a new project at work or at home we get a little over 10 minuties before we are interrupted and on average it takes 22 minutes to get back on task. This is hurting efficiency and leads to frustration because we feel like we do not accomplish anything at work because all projects are left undone. We also need to dispel the myth of multitasking. Karen explains that studies are now showing that even though we can multitask our efficiency drops substantially.
Tips on how to relieve stress and Give Your Brain a Break:
- Assign time to complete task
- Work on one task at a time until complete
- Unplug at work. Have a specific time where you will not respond to e-mails, check social media, or take phone calls.
- Unplug at home – No electronics at designated times, i.e. Meals, family time, significant other time, and me time.
- Unplug an hour before bed and do not plug in until an hour after you get up.
All of these tips will help you get the rest you need, put first things first, and feel much more productive at work and life.
air date: 4/22/16