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Friday, June 2, 2017

Lean Quote: Practice Good Stress Management Techniques

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

"I’ve tried to relaxing, but – I don’t know – I feel more comfortable tense." — Caption for Hamilton Cartoon

Adjusting to new circumstances is a drain on your psychological energy. Even if the changes don’t require more physical effort, there’s always more emotional labor involved. When the changes hit too fast, too hard, or go on too long, you suffer emotional fatigue. Or to put it in everyday language – you hit burnout.

So it makes sense now for you to work on managing your personal stress load. Keeping your sense of humor and controlling your attitude are steps in the right direction, but you also need to take care of yourself physically.

Vigorous activity offers tension release and helps you healthy. Good exercise makes you feel better mentally as well as physically. You might run, swim, jump rope, walk, do aerobics, or work out at a health club. Any kind of regular, sustained exercise will do, assuming you don’t have any special health problems.

Bookstores and your local library also have books or cassette tapes on relaxation training and stress management.

Finally, don’t believe a lot of the gossip you hear. The rumor mill churns out all kinds of stories about disturbing events that will never come to pass. You can waste mental energy worrying about things everyone is talking about, but that have no basis in fact. As Mary Crowley said, “Worry is misuse of the imagination.” Instead of fretting about what might go wrong, invest your imagination in doing your job well.

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