I´ve got to be completely honest with you. It was a rough landing back in Burkina Faso after a summer break.
It wasn´t the fact that I had to spray 40% DEET on my kids again to avoid getting Malaria or Dengue. Nor was it from the tension I feel in my body when my littlest takes a big gulp of unfiltered water from the bathtub.
When I put my finger on it, I was stressed about coming back to a context where talk was in the air about “what if” Ebola makes its way to Burkina Faso.
In this context, I get stretched.
This form of stress (the kind that bears down on your shoulders heavily like the boxes on the men´s shoulders above) is worth paying close attetion to. And I certainly do, because I know that how we handle this stress has a decisive impact on our health, our relationships and our productivity at work.
In this month´s guest post for intercultures – I share seven coping mechanisms that can change the stress game.
- If you are bearing the weight of stress in a highly challenging context, this is my invitation to you to explore how these seven coping mechanisms can positively (or negatively) impact you, your family, your work or your team.
- If you are a manager, you will come away with a better understanding of the complexity some expats face abroad. I also give you a list of powerful questions that you can use when supporting any team under pressure.
Get the seven game-changing strategies for stress management.
P.S. When you´ve finished the article, join me in the comments section below to share coping mechanisms from your culture or personal practices, ask questions or make a comment.