Stress, an inevitable part of life which is usually characterized as an unwelcome/unpleasant feeling, experienced both physically and mentally. Because of this you spend so much time trying to avoid stress altogether. But what if instead of trying to avoid it completely, you focused on using the following strategies to mitigate your stressful situations and use them as opportunities for growth.
Building Resiliency and Motivation
When you deal with small stressors in life it builds up your resilience and ability to bounce back over time. As we are exposed to issues and strain, we learn to deal with the issue and overcome problems rather than avoid them. Stress can also assist in helping us function effectively, if you did not have that fire under your feet known as stress, you would likely be less motivated and less likely to get things done. Without stress you can begin to feel complacent which can hinder your personal growth and success.
Know Your Limits
One major way of dealing with stress is knowing how and when to say no. By continually biting off more than you can chew you open yourself to bigger problems and chronic stress. It is easier said than done as no one enjoys saying no. Just be more careful and thoughtful about your commitments; in doing this you are allowing yourself to learn your limits and giving yourself the room to do your best work. Don’t over stress yourself trying to please everyone and squeeze in every task.
Determine What You Can Control and What You Cannot
Truth be told, you have no control over most things that happen to you, there are many things that are out of your control. You have the ability to influence many things but the only real thing you have complete control over is yourself and your own actions. It is important to realize that your mindset and attitude influence your situation whether for better or worse. Use your energy to create situations that work best for you and remember that you cannot control everything.
Known the Difference Between Ruminating and Problem- Solving
Ruminating can be defined as thinking deeply about something, like when you dwell on the past. Constantly replaying negative experiences is not helpful, however learning from a mistake is as it will allow you to grow and learn from your mistakes. So when you catch yourself stuck on something make sure you are problem-solving rather than ruminating, learn from an issue don’t fixate on a negative thought. Focus on something that can be more effective and useful to keep you on the track to success.
The accounting world is filled with various stressors, but don’t let them hinder you. Remember these strategies and use the stressors as opportunities for both personal growth and career success.
If you need any help reducing stress in your accounting department, please reach out to one of our governmental auditors and we can help you out.