Because of her different cultural background and joyful personality, MobPartner Android developer Kailin Huang has brought new life and positivity to the development team.  Here for Friday Team Talk, Kailin gives her advice for beating workplace stress.

“After a season of hard work, MobPartner is enjoying the fruits of its labour.  However, the recent company successes have made everyone in the team keener than ever to carry on the good work.

But as Spiderman’s motto goes: “With great power comes great responsibility” and there’s no doubt that with great responsibility comes bigger stress. Therefore, I would like to share my tips on how to reduce stress with my wonderful team members, who are all so devoted to their work, giving their best even in challenging times. Keeping calm and composed when I know they must be stressed out and tired, they never show it; just like true professionals.

My top ten Stress Busting tips

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1. Connect with people

A problem shared is a problem halved. A good support network of colleagues, friends and family can ease your work troubles and help you see things in a different way. The activities we do with friends help us relax and we often have a good laugh with them, which is an excellent stress reliever.

2. Give Your Mind a Break 

Taking a break doesn’t mean you’re not being productive or that you’re lazy. It can actually guard against becoming burnt out and overly stressed. Take a break after a few hours of work or after you’ve completed a difficult project. Walk around, read a chapter in a book, or just sit quietly with your eyes closed. But whatever you do, don’t think about work. You’ll have plenty of time for that once you’ve finished your break. It’s about finding the right balance.

3. Cut the Caffeine

Caffeine can quickly raise your fight-or-flight response and all the attendant stress hormones. That’s good if you’re being chased by a sabre-toothed tiger but not so good if you’re caught in traffic.

4. Only Focus on the Next Step

Keep CalmOftentimes, you are given too much work in your allotted time. You may feel that it’s impossible to ever get it done, creating and increasing stress levels.  And yet, you probably still try to accomplish every task each day. Sometimes it helps to understand that working that way is a losing battle. You’ll never feel productive or accomplished or even that you are making progress until you learn how to only focus on the next step ahead of you. While it’s important to have the end goal in mind, don’t become overwhelmed by it. Instead, focus on the deadline for the client proposal in three days or even replying to all your received emails before lunch. Just remember, each task you complete brings you closer and closer to that end goal.

5. Give 100%

Stress can cause paralysis. Give 100% of yourself while you’re at work. Giving 100% may not mean you accomplish all your tasks, but you can go home at the end of the day feeling confident in yourself and in your abilities. Your boss will also see your hard work, and that can translate into a promotion, praise, or a monetary raise.

6. Work Smarter, Not Harder

Good time management means quality work rather than quantity. Get a work-life balance that suits you. Prioritize your work; concentrate on the tasks that will make a real difference to your work. Leave the least important tasks to last and accept that your in-tray will always be full.

7. Be Positive

Look for the positives in life, and things for which you’re grateful. People usually don’t appreciate what they have. Try to be glass half full instead of glass half empty. For those who are naturally pessimistic have a shift in perspective. Make a conscious effort in training yourself to be more positive about life. Problems are often a question of perspective. If you change your perspective, you may see your situation from a more positive point of view.

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8. Accept The Things You Can’t Change

Changing a difficult situation isn’t always possible. If this proves to be the case, recognize and accept things as they are and concentrate on everything that you do have control over.

9. Keep Quiet

Though it’s generally healthy to get your feelings out, sometimes you’ll actually feel better if you just keep quiet. I’m not talking about giving the “silent treatment” when you’re angry. That’s not healthy. But sometimes, if something is bothering you, it’s wise not to react. Wait and act later if necessary. Often, quelling a knee-jerk reaction will actually boost your confidence and give you greater relief than if you’d immediately vented.

10. Prank it Out

Laughter is an instant cure for stress. There’s no limit to how much fun you can have, and people don’t have enough! No one will judge you for laughing too much. So buy some water balloons, play a prank on your friends. Inject some innocent immaturity in life. It’s healthy.”

About Kailin:

Kailin Huang, MobPartner Android developer

A cheerful Android developer who joined the crew in February this year. A Masters graduate in Computer Science, Kailin came to Europe to pursue her career after achieving her professional grounding in Latin America and Asia.

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