6 Tips to stress proof your recruitment career!!
Have you ever felt completely stressed out in our work in recruitment??
Counter-offers, contingency recruitment blues, difficult client or boss? Some days the stress can be too much and we do the exact thing that will make it WORSE; reach for anther coffee, stay up at night worrying, dump our anger or frustration on others, over-eat or drink etc.! Today, stress related burn-out and fatigue are costing us in terms of our own joy and our ability to contribute productively in our jobs as recruiters. In today’s workforce, statistics on burn out, depression, anxiety and other stress related mental illnesses are staggering. Anxiety disorders are the most common stress related illness in the US affecting almost 1 in 5 and medications like Paxil and Zoloft for anti-anxiety are consistently in the top ten prescribed. It is estimated that up to 75% of all visits to physicians are from stress related problems.
So what is stress and why do we experience it to begin with?
As primitive caveman, we were programmed to respond quickly to threats like the Saber toothed tiger with our Stress or Flight or fight response. This is a survival mechanism triggers our automatic nervous system to create physical changes to help us escape life threatening situations
The problem in our current time is that budgets, deadlines, difficult clients, traffic, bosses, audiences and even kid’s extracurricular classes are now triggering our stress response and we are finding it harder and harder to turn it off. We need some stress to function and thrive but too much can be debilitating. Cortisol, a stress hormone strains the brains cellular functioning with prolonged exposure and prolonged stress will impair our immune function, ability to sleep and cause adrenal fatigue and other issues. Being stressed also can caused anxiety and can have a profoundly negative effect on our performance and our health
But here is the good news! There are some easy ways to reduce or eliminate stress to optimize your success in recruitment in under 5 minutes. Remember that we will never eliminate stress entirely and don’t want to as some stress gets us out of bed each day and motivates us! The key is how we RESPOND positively to stress of any kind instead of reacting negatively.
Below are 5 Besides sleep, let’s go over some other strategies to reduce stress that work as follows:
- Avoid too much caffeine and stimulants. It is very important to not overdo it with caffeine or sugar especially when you are already feeling anxious or stressed. Caffeine in moderation has some great antioxidants which help neutralize free radicals in our body. I have to tell too caffeine or sugar much wreaks havoc on your body and can stay in your body up to 12 hours! Caffeine actually dehydrates the body and will eventually lead to more of an energy crash. Too many stimulants in the day will also affect your sleep quality which will lead to decreased ability to handle stress.
- Eat Calming foods:Instead of sugar and coffee reach for foods that combat stress and are high in the mineral Magnesium. Did you know that as many as 68% of us do not consume the daily recommended amount of magnesium which is important to maintain normal muscle and nerve function, blood pressure and heart function. Sources include dark green vegetables and whole grains nuts, legumes, even dark chocolate. A great tip is to upgrade from regular chocolate to smaller pieces of high quality dark chocolate when you have a sugar craving instead!
- Meditation/Slow down!– It sounds flakey, but many studies have found that it’s highly effective in reducing stress and doesn’t take long. You can simply close your eyes, take three long, slow breaths, and spend a few seconds picturing a relaxing scene, like walking in a forest or lying on the beach..
. A study of children from an impoverished neighborhood with violence and academic issues showed to the delighted shock of the principal that just 10 minutes of quiet time a day was enough to improve both behavior and grades for these kids.
- Exercise– Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and even 2 minutes a day can help when we are overwhelmed. CardioExercise is great when anxiety or stress builds. Exercise helps to get feel good endorphins chemicals pumping through your body which will improve mood and reduce stress hormones. Remember to stop exercise at least 2 hours before bedtime as exercise activates a mechanism in your brain which keeps you alert.
- Try laughing more– Work hard but take some time to joke around a bit at the office too. Laughter is one of the best ways to reduce stress! 96% of Executives believe that employees with a sense of humour do a better job and feel better.
- Get more sleep– Sleep is critical to stress management. Without it, our bodies and cells do not have enough time to repair daily tissue damage or regenerate.Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to elevated levels of cortisol which can cause chronic fatigue and potential blood sugar issues or even lead to more serious problems. So remember to aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night. If you suffer from insomnia which is a growing issue with many Recruiters, please contact me at patricia@abcshealth2success to learn about how to get my hand-out of tips to get more blissful sleep.
Reducing your stress will allow you to relax and build better candidate and client relationships as well. Believe me! I know this from personal experience. Before I started my own stress-busting techniques, I experienced the roller-coaster of billings and emotions which was stressful.
I have developed techniques that have created more revenue and better relationships with clients and candidates and I know it works.
Give some of these ideas a try and happy recruiting!!!
“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” ~ John Wooden –
“Being miserable is a habit; being happy is a habit; and the choice is yours.” ~ Tom Hopkins
Patricia Conlin is a successful recruitment firm owner, Speaker, and Coach. A passion for health and leadership development led her into international public speaking and coaching. Conlin is a Certified EI Trainer, Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Black Belt Martial Artist. She is the author of ABCs of Food: Boost Your Energy, Confidence, and Success with the Power of Nutrition. Visit Conlin’s website, , ABCs Health 2 Success to check out her amazing on-line course or group coaching programs for Recruiters.