Stress is a fact of life. No matter what we do, where we live or what challenges we face, we all have this feeling at some point in our lives. But today, many of us are more anxious, more often than ever before. Studies show that Americans, especially women, are overscheduled and overwhelmed, and it can take an emotional, mental and physical toll.

I’ve experienced this firsthand during my career in the ever-evolving manufacturing industry. I’m proud to work for a company that invests in the well-being of its employees and our community, but that doesn’t mean I’m immune to pressure. So, I’ve learned ways to alleviate the stress and protect my overall health, both on the job and at home.

1. Call on your tribe. Data shows that women who support women are more successful in business. But I guarantee they’re happier, too. I’ve built a network of friends and peers through female-focused organizations, such as the International Association of Women (IAW), that I can lean on for perspective and trusted counsel in tough times. 

2. Start journaling. We could all benefit from a “brain dump.” When daunted by my to-do list, I write everything down to determine what’s most critical and urgent. This allows me to prioritize, refocus and tackle tasks without as much worry. 

3. Step away. Women are constantly pressed for time. I schedule breaks from the grind by going for walks, eating lunch outside or simply leaving my desk for a few minutes. It’s not only okay to reset, it’s healthy.

4. Build your self-worth. Daily affirmations reduce stress and promote confidence and happiness. I incorporate them into my morning routine so I can remain focused on what’s important and what drives me at work and in my life. 

I have a career I love, teammates who motivate me and a company that supports me. But like everyone else, I have stressors in my life. That’s why I’ll continue to prioritize self-care, whether it’s leaning on an IAW friend or taking a quick stroll around the block. And I hope you will, too.

 

Lenore Trammell is the chief compliance officer and general counsel for Big River Steel in Osceola, Arkansas.

 

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