1 Small Habit to Prevent Stress

Have you ever met anyone whose life is so stress-free that they have absolutely no interest in learning how to prevent stress? I haven’t either. I know some very calm and balanced folks, but even they are open to continuous learning.

Recently, writer Janette Novak was curious about small habits that increase productivity and reduce stress and asked the following question:

“What’s ONE small habit that helps you either improve your productivity OR helps reduce stress in your life (or both)?

Please limit your response to one habit and provide a brief explanation of how that habit helps you. Please keep your response to 125 words or less.”

Here was my response:

Breathe in and smile after someone makes a request of you. In these few moments while you’re acknowledging the individual with positive body language, you’re allowing your brain to move from a reactive people-pleaser mode and into response mode. Taking just these few moments will give you the space to decide if what you’re about to say yes to will indeed support your professional or personal priorities. Responding instead of reacting will support your quest for productivity and prevent you from over-committing and stressing yourself out.

If the request is in person while you’re wearing a mask or over the phone, you can still implement this habit through the tone of your voice. If it comes during a Zoom call, let that positive body language show! If it arrives via an email, text or instant message, translate the body language into positive words.

Try it out. When pausing before answering becomes a regular habit for you, you’ll definitely prevent stress for your future self.

If you or your team need assistance with preventing stress, you have options!

About Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO®

As The Inefficiency Assassin™, Time Management Fixer Helene Segura empowers professionals on the go with the tools to slay lost time. Personal inefficiency at work leads to increased stress levels, lower morale, higher absenteeism, more turnover – and rising spending on employee health care and hiring. Why not improve productivity, decrease stress levels, and increase profits instead? The author of four books – two of which were Amazon best-sellers – Helene Segura has been the featured organization expert in more than 200 media interviews. She has coached hundreds of clients to productivity success and performance improvement by applying neuroscience and behavioral modification techniques to wipe out destructive, time-wasting habits. Helene turns time management on its head by sharing both client case studies and pop culture examples to teach her mind-bending framework for decreasing interruptions, distractions and procrastination so that companies can spend more time generating revenue.

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