PA tips: How not to be stressed

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Personal assistants need to fight stress
in order to stay on top of their game

. When assistants are working for celebrities, high net worth families or high-profile executives, then getting stressed-out under pressure is inevitable. Many assistants simply don’t take the time to relax at work because of fear that some important task will be missed or neglected.
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The obvious first step is to take something off your plate and delegate it to a subordinate assistant. If you are an lone executive assistant without this option then don’t fret because there are small things you can do to stay healthy so that you can be on top of your game:
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    • Exercise: Staying fit isn’t just for the body; it’s for the mind too. It’s scientifically proven that exercise releases endorphins, which in turn nourishes your brain and body with the vital energy it needs. If you’re a super-busy executive assistant and you don’t have time to go to the gym, then stop by your local store and get some small hand weights that you can use when sitting at your desk. Also, if possible, get one of those exercise balls to sit on instead of your chair. This forces your core muscles in your back and stomach to balance your body, thus burning calories.
    • Eat well: Of course eating healthy is easier said than done. Personal assistants working for busy executives usually work 10- to 12-hour days and don’t normally have time to stop at a healthy restaurant, let alone prepare a nutritious meal. If you’re in a bind and need your nutrition, then make sure you have energy bars with you. Do your homework and make sure that you don’t get any that are packed with too much sugar because then you’re defeating the purpose of supplementing your diet with vitamins. Also, if you absolutely must stop at a fast food outlet, then make sure you get a healthy option like a sub sandwich or salad.
    • Take YOU time: An executive assistant’s work is never done – ever. So working 12-hour days without taking a break isn’t going to help you or your boss. If you work yourself to the bone without taking some quite time for yourself to de-stress, then you’re likely going to get sick and miss work. If you find yourself anxious or too stressed out, then listen to your favorite song and find a corner to do some stretching for 5 or 10 minutes. This will get your blood flowing and help you get energized.
    • Stay away from energy drinks: Personal assistants have become too reliant on energy drinks. There are dozens of articles that support the idea that they are bad for your health. Not only that, but getting wound-up on too much caffeine and vitamin B is going to cause you to crash – then you’re actually going backwards. Instead, drink plenty of water and find an excuse to walk around the office to get your blood flowing.

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