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I believe that just being a woman is a gift. We are such wonderful unique creatures. We have spirit, beauty, patience, abilities, time-management, and humor like no other. However, being a woman can be extremely stressful.

All women have stress.

You can be a corporate woman who has to deal with the big boys. You have stress.

You can be a woman who is in school dealing with financial pressures. You have stress.

You can be a Mom who works outside the home and cannot be with your children as often as you like. You have stress.

You can be a homeschool Mom who has to deal with the stress of what that entails. Uh…you have stress too!

No matter what your story is, if you are a woman, you are most likely stressed out or at the very least stress is no stranger to you.

Women are more likely to die of heart disease than man and women have more stress than men. This is simply a fact of life. We can either let it get the best of us or we can fight it and win!
Stress Busters for Every Woman:

Mental Vacation. Find a quiet spot. Even if it means leaving the house once in a while to sit on a park bench (with some mace on hand, of course…LOL!). Close your eyes and see yourself somewhere wonderful and spectacular. Relax there for a few and take some long deep breaths.

Fitness. Exercise is a huge stress buster and heart healthy. We all have time if we make time. Even a 15 minute walk around the mall will work! Get some physical activity going on in your everyday life.

Eat Right. Too much sugar and caffeine is not good for anyone. Drink more water and eat more fresh fruits and veggies. You will feel better and maybe even lose some unwanted blubber. Oh, and drink lots of H2O! Nothing is better for a woman’s body, skin and aging than water! Oh, and do not rob yourself of the wonderfulness of chocolate!

Just Say No! Limit alcohol. It is not good for you in regular large quantities. Yes, a glass of red wine a few times a week is heart healthy…but not a bottle. LOL! Also, quit smoking if you do. It is a sure fire way to a shorter lifespan for a women. Kick those nasty money robbing, health stealing sticks to the curb! Your lungs will thank you!

Find a Hobby or Sport. Do something just for you. Something that you like and you enjoy. Do something for no one else but you! We all have something we “wish we had time for.” Make the time. You only live once. You better make the time. Life is not worth living if you never get anything for you!

Women, make the most of your lives. You have one life to live and it’s not a soap opera! It’s a gift and you should be enjoying it! Just say NO to stress!

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Field salespeople are face a myriad of stress factors in their daily life – they run into traffic, visit difficult clients and often spend days away from their families. If there is also tension between the sales person and the sales manager, a reduction in performance is almost unavoidable.

In a recent study of field salespeople, scientists have identified possible stress factors and researched their significance for workers. The stress factors were divided into two categories – stress factors which result from the structures and conditions in businesses and stress factors which are determined by situations in daily work.

The most important organisation determined stress factors are:

Too intensive regulation and formalisation of procedures. They hinder the field salesperson in striking out on unconventional but successful paths, which must necessarily lead to conflicts with the sales manager.

A lack of flexibility in the company. There are countless companies which officially regulate and formalise everything. The question is how the superiors implement these rules. The sales person feels better the more flexible management are in their interpretation.

What salespeople value. Regardless of all the rumours (between managers), intangible incentives like freedom to act, communication and management style are more imperative to the majority of employees than material aspects of the job. Among the most important management tools is agreement of goals, without which a culture of management as employees want it, is not possible.

Intangible motivations

Attractiveness of the motivation (1 being low and 4 being high) Management style 4

Freedom to act 4

Communication 4

Working conditions 3

Work place security 3

Contents of tasks 3

Career opportunities 4

Recognition / status 2

Position 1

Tangible motivations

Attractiveness of the motivation (1 being low and 4 being high)

Pension provision 4

Company car 3

Continued salary payments during illness 3

Employee participation 3

Performance premiums 3

Fixed income 2

Accident insurance 2

Holiday 2

Other ancillary services 3

The reward system. The more the sales manager becomes involved in deciding the salary of their sales people, the more critically they are watched in the way they do this. If the salesperson feels unfairly treated, this could cause stress or friction between them.

The autonomy of the field salesperson. The more freely they can organise their time and work the less stress they experience in their dealings with the sales manager. Empowerment levels given to sales people is not an easy matter however, it is covered on management courses.

The existence of friendship and good working relations within the sales organisation. When field sales people are dealt with in a compassionate manner their treatment of each other is better they mutually support each other, they also feel less stress with their boss.

The professionalism of the field sales team. The more feedback and mutual stimulation the salespeople supply, the less they need their boss. A really professional troop motivates and guides itself largely on its own.

Now to the stress factors determined by situation:

Too many meetings Lack of personnel in the field sales organisation Conflicts with other departments in the business Too short deadlines for reports Technical problems with presentation aids or means of communication

Those questioned assessed the significance of the stress factors by means of a seven point scale from 1 = of no significance whatsoever, to 7 = very great significance:

Stress factor Average value over all those questioned

Friendship and good relations with colleagues 4.7

Lack of autonomy 4.6

Too short deadlines 4.3

Unfair reward system 4.3

Lack of professionalism 4.2

Lack of personnel 3.9

Too much regulation and formalisation 3.7

Lack of efficiency 3.6

Conflicts with other departments 3.5

Too little flexibility 3.5

Too many meetings 3.3

Technical problems 2.5

It is primarily the stress factors determined by the organisation which play a role in sales. Of the stress factors determined by situations only deadlines for giving in reports which are set too short have any weight.

Almost all stress factors determined by the organisation, with the exception of “lack of friendship and good relations with colleagues”, can be influenced and ordered by the sales manager on behalf of their employees.

Managing the stress levels and the motivation of a sales force is a vital factor to ongoing high performance which is a key subject on all good management courses.

Richard Stone is a Director for Spearhead Training Limited that specialises in running management courses to improve business performance. Richard provides consultancy advice for numerous world leading companies.

Depending on the situation, stress can build slowly or pounce when we least expect it. Since our bodies are programmed to respond to stimuli with either the “fight or flight” reflex, internally, we are preparing for action. The heart begins to race, breathing quickens, blood pressure rises, and senses sharpen. All of these are designed to help us perform at an optimum level in a moment of danger, trauma, pressure or anxiety. Yet, today, the stimuli that cause these reactions are so numerous that many find themselves in a constant state of “fight or flight”. Continually allowing the individual to remain in this state eventually begins to break down the body, mind and spirit.

It is important to know how to manage stress, but it could be even more vital to become aware of what triggers stress for you as an individual. Have you ever taken a stress test or created a stress management profile? If not, you are disregarding a powerful weapon in your battle against stress–knowledge. The advantage comes from understanding. How will you know when you are operating above your stress tolerance level? When it’s too late, of course! When you are flipping someone the bird, cutting them off in traffic, yelling, crying or just feeling miserable! If you are not sleeping well, experiencing chronic headaches or stomachaches, feeling nervous, irritable or even panicked. By then, it’s tough to come back to a peaceful place, especially if during the peak of that stressful time; you have done something you’ll later regret.

The best defense against stress is:
1. knowing your stress tolerance limit,
2. understanding what triggers your stress,
3. and realizing what your personal reactions or responses to stress are.

All of these elements make up a stress profile that can help you successfully manage the stress you have and create a plan to stop stress before it starts.

Seek the help of a reputable stress management professional. Work with this person to develop a personalized assessment. Remember, that as we change, our stress tendencies can also change. Periodically, your profile will need to be updated and adjusted. Since not every stress reliever or relaxation technique works for each person, be open to the process and flexible enough to try new things. If you really want to stop the stress-take the stress test and create a profile that includes a plan to manage it!

Nova Yeoman is a stress management coach and life strategies trainer with Goals That Open Doors. Nova facilitates tele-courses that teach clients stress management techniques and the skill of active goal setting, which dramatically reduces stress and in some cases eliminates it. Life strategies training is also available, providing clients the necessary skills to create success and overcome obstacles in major areas of life. For more information and to sign up for a free stress management newsletter, visit http://www.GoalsThatOpenDoors.com

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