I remember a psychology class I took in college where the professor used a lot of humor in his lectures. One day he said something that made all of us laugh. I don’t know if it was his joke, something about my mood that morning, or the atmosphere in the classroom but I couldn’t stop laughing even after the others had. That caused the other students to resume laughing after they had stopped. For fear of being reprimanded, I looked up and was relieved to see the professor laughing along with all of the rest of us. This was purely spontaneous and left me with such warm feelings about the class and professor that I still remember it after all of these decades.
It is said that the best medicine is laughter. Whether laughter is medicine is unclear. Psychologist Robert Provine, PhD, is the foremost expert on laughter. He states that:
“Laughing more could make you healthier, but we don’t know,” he says. “I certainly wouldn’t want people to start laughing more just to avoid dying — because sooner or later, they’ll be disappointed.”
Of course, that is a joke. Most laughter is not a result of joke but is a mirthful part of being with people. For example, the health of a relationship might be measured by the amount of laughter. There is tons of research on the problems and conflicts that cause people to divorce or to end relationship. Yet, one of the most obvious ingredients of any happy relationship is laughter. In other words, laughter may be a symptom of how well a couple is doing. Laughter binds people together. Generally speaking, during the early stages of a romantic relationship there is lots of laughter. It is warm, mirthful and spontaneous. It is very possible that couples need to laugh a lot more.
What is clear is that it’s lots of fun. Laughter is also very social. It brings people together. It brings people together because it’s contagious. Do you remember how, when you see someone yawn you also yawn? When you hear someone laugh you also start to laugh.
Remember, a lot of managing stress comes from understanding that you always have choices. We can choose to take the actions we can to manage our stress. So when faced with stress, it is not only deciding what you can do about stress. It is also about deciding what you will do about managing stress.
BPO work can be stressful. So how can we ensure that we can remain stress free?:
- Focus on one thing at a time
- Don’t try to be perfect
- Define the purpose of the work
- Take time to exercise, eat lunch or some other activity that gives you a shift from the work at hand
- Build a support network
- Find time to smile, laugh and help others do the same
- Seek out good friends (build your support network)
- Share yourself with significant others
- Contact new people
- Do something for others
- Take charge of getting involved
- Give the other person a break
- Face painful questions directly
- Keep things in proper perspective
- Learn to let go
- Learn to play again
- Laugh, Laugh, Laugh!!!!!!
- Learn to accept what you cannot change
- Reward yourself
- Don’t be afraid of failure
- Develop the attitude of gratitude
In the end, remember, you can’t escape stress. Some stress is normal. Whether an event
causes good stress or bad stress depends on the individual and is primarily based on perception.
If you’re in distress, these tips should help relieve the pressure. Of course, if you’re experiencing eustress, smile and take advantage of it.