As a society, we are faced with a constant free-flow of information fed to our smartphones, 24/7 emails, texts, and virtual meetings occurring round-the-clock. Indeed, every work day is a fresh, new start. But every new day can come with distractions and stress if there is not a clear intention set for that day. If you’re not careful, that stress can increase from zero to one hundred, and negatively impact production along the way. Keep reading to reduce work stress.
How do you currently manage stress? Perhaps you have a favorite morning routine that prepares you for the day ahead. Or maybe you are an avid gym-goer who enjoys a challenging workout after a long workday. These are all useful strategies to reduce stress, but there is another way that can be even more effective: using the power of clear intention.
Reduce Work Stress with Intention
Using the power of intention can alleviate a lot of the stress that starts to weigh down the day, both personally and professionally. Intention can keep you focused on the most important priorities rather than getting caught up in the daily issues that create stress.
Job stress certainly takes a heavy toll on business leaders, CEOs, and executives, but also everyone else in the company is affected by stressful work situations. During stressful times, it’s essential to focus on what you can control. By practicing personal intention setting, you can prepare for tough times and avoid stress in the process. Continue reading to learn how using the power of intention relieves stress and helps you show up to work each day at your very best.
What Is An Intention?
Your goal, purpose, or aim is your intention. Put simply, the action of intention is the plan (or idea) that you intend to carry out; it is something that you mean to do.
There are many benefits of intention setting, including, but not limited to:
- Keep you focused and mindful
- Keep you aligned with your core values
- Keep you on track with your goals
- Reduce stress around decision-making and daily actions
- Maintain a strong workflow and become more productive
How To Set An Intention
Step 1: Set your mindset
The first step to reduce work stress is to set daily intentions. Once you are in a quiet and calm environment, clear your mind of any distractions. Become centered within yourself and find a peaceful state of being. Stillness will allow for the next step.
Step 2: Select Intention
Choose to focus on an intention that applies to the day in front of you, and one that will have the greatest impact. Think about what actions would be most valuable to achieve your intention for that day. Choose wisely and, most importantly, make it count!
Step 3: Create a daily mantra to echo your intention
A mantra or statement that you can repeat to yourself when stress starts to slip in and that will help keep you focused. The mantra also helps as a friendly reminder of your intention for that day. Make it simple and clear, like “you get what you focus on.” A mantra is a great way to stay on track with your intention and take smart action daily.
Start Now and Get Results
Don’t wait for stress to pile up or business to struggle. Begin setting daily intentions and watch how your work days become more effective and less stressful. Need other tools for your business? At BOAR, we focus on helping your company continue to flourish with the right resources and tools that are tailored to professional leaders, just like you. Join our courageous community today!