eLearning Specialist and stress management for self-efficacy
eLearning Specialist and stress management are two faces of the same medal: the eLearning specialist must be able to manage stress, because the nature of his profession leads him to be multitasking, from the content design to content production and delivery. Let’s see how to manage stress and turn it from a problem into a resource
Stress management for the eLearning Specialist is one the aspects of the typical everyday life of this kind of professional. You can find other aspects analyzed elsewhere in this blog.
Work stress is a typical trait for both the employee and the self-employed; however, for the latter there are not the same health protections that are accorded to the former.
Stress, along with other factors such as time management, intrinsic motivation and job uncertainty is an element to be leveraged not to succumb, but rather to promote better productivity. Let’s see how.
eLearning Specialist freelance vs employee in stress management
The freelance responds to his own health, he does not have days of paid sickness. In practice, it must adapt based on its state of health: it must know how to manage its time and well-being.
The eLearning Specialist must know the art of stress management, if it does not want to self-sabotage and, worse, stop by succumbing to customer pressure and responsibility. While the employee has fixed hours and can usually be easily replaced, the freelance does not have substitutes and any missed work will have to take place after his absence as soon as possible, going to accumulate to the new jobs already acquired at the head of the same person, unless delegated.
It is therefore important to have an excellent stress management in private professional life to avoid burnout caused by work overload.
Strategies for coping with the stress of eLearning Specialists
Stress can (and must) be addressed with two specific strategies: a preventive strategy, based on the creation of healthy habits able to facilitate the discharge of tension, the recovery of energy and the optimization of times in line with the psychophysical needs of the worker; a final strategy, based on specific interventions, aimed at correcting the level of stress reached, bringing it back to an acceptable level.
Needless to say, the first is always preferable between the two strategies, namely “prevention is better than cure”, but sometimes the wave of good intentions breaks miserably against the rocks of reality and external pressures.
Obviously, building good wellness habits is the best strategy to avoid dangerous deviations, which force us into a “forced break”.
Moreover, the consequences of a high level of stress on human health are widely known and I am not here to repeat things that are already known.
What I can say here is that freelance, thanks to the advantage of autonomy and the (relative) freedom it enjoys, has the responsibility to organize its time in such a way as to guarantee itself on an almost daily basis activities that relax and allow it to the mind and body to enjoy a break of real serenity. All this also in favor of better productivity: being productive in fact, does not mean working harder, but working better, otherwise we are reduced (like many others) to run madly inside “the wheel of the hamster”.
What are these good wellness habits? Those more suited to our tastes, as long as they really relax us: a walk in a park, even with our four-legged friend; go once to the cinema to see a movie we like (forget Netflix, otherwise you will never take your eyes off a screen!); physical exercise (gym, a run, a bike ride); a little weekend vacation; read a novel … … and similar things.
We come to the final strategy, that is to say the tools that we can activate to relax our mind, when we realize that we have already exceeded the guard limit, both for the stress and / or the unexpected that we had to face, and because we did not activate preventively to avoid “collapsing”. Here are some tools: autogenic training; palace of memory; meditation. It is important for the well-being of eLearning Specialists to manage stress and therefore to acquire the familiarity necessary to use these tools and find their own personal mix of techniques to be practiced at the most suitable moment of their day: as for any new self-respecting habit , so that we have significant benefits, we will have to practice consistently.
I hope that my considerations are interesting for you. I await your comments on this topic.
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