Managing Stress at Work - Villa Group Recruiting

A job in sales can be very stressful compared to many other professions. There’s the pressure of accomplishing weekly or monthly goals, plus the sensitive issue of dealing with clients everyday. This kind of stress can have negative effects on your life. Even your physical and psychological health can be affected when you don’t know how to manage stress at work. There had been several types of research showing how stress can contribute to an individual’s failing health as well as low output at work. Stress can negatively affect your responses while engaging with clients and thus affect how easily you reach your targets and personal goals. The tips presented here will help you deal with stress in more efficient ways and allow you to enjoy your job more.

Unwind Regularly

Taking regular breaks should be an important part of your daily routine in any job but in particular during a sales job. Make sure you have time to chat with a co-worker about something not related to work, take a short walk, listen to music, do some breathing exercises, read a book or an article, eat some snacks, or anything that will help you feel invigorated. These short activities will help take your mind off of your work and enable you to gain sharper focus and more desire to finish up on your tasks. Remember to take vacations as well. Your time spent with nature, with others, or even just with yourself will help you gain a better perspective, motivate yourself more, and recharge yourself for the year ahead.

Seek advice from those around you

Take advantage of all the resources available to you to keep learning new skills and information. Ask your boss about how you can improve your performance or let them share their best practices when it comes to handling stress related to the job. Acknowledging stress is half the battle.

Keep learning

You can also make personal efforts to achieve more by learning from seminars, classes, and every other opportunity there is to learn more and be a better salesperson. Accept the truth that you do not know everything and acknowledge that there is always room for improvement; that way, you are not fixated on being perfect but rather on keeping evolving.

Acknowledge your emotions

Rejection is a normal part of the sales job experience. If you cannot handle the emotions associated with seeming failure or disappointments, you might have difficulty dealing with your clients. Learn to accept these situations and instead of letting your emotions drive you. Anger, disappointment, frustration are all common emotions that you might feel during a stressful day. Find a way to channel this energy through sport, hobbies and artistic endeavors.

Be open to change

Know that you have done your best and there might be some learning from experiences that challenge you. You might need to change the way you do your pitching or use other sales strategies to gain better deals.

These tips will help you gain a better perspective and more motivation to keep doing your best and learning more in your sales career. A stress-free life is not a guarantee but managing stress and minimizing its negative effect in your life will provide opportunities for greater success. Happy selling!

— May 11, 2017

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