Your company counts on you to make the right decisions, from long term planning and risk mitigation to in-the-moment judgment calls on fulfillment. While you may feel confident and competent in your position, you can only access that expertise if you give your body the rest and downtime it needs to function at its peak. If you're a working machine that virtually runs on a steady stream of coffee and adrenaline, it may be time to reassess your approach to life both in and out of the office.
Burn Off Anxiety By Burning Up Calories
After a long day of shipping packages and routing orders, a visit to the gym may seem counterintuitive to relaxation, but the Mayo Clinic actually recommends exercise for stress. The act of working out helps to rid your body of excess stress hormones you may have accrued through the day. When you go through a crunch period without indulging the fight-or-flight response, your body remains poised to use those hormones and chemicals stirred up by the stress, and left to sit in your body unused, they can cause anxiety.
You won't need to do hours of hard training for stress risk mitigation, a few laps around the block are all it takes to bring your body and mind closer to neutral ground again.
Wind Down With Mindfulness
If you've ever found yourself in bed at 2 AM, staring at the ceiling and pondering supply chain risk mitigation strategies, you're in good company among your peers. When you work in such a demanding industry, it can be very difficult to leave work problems in the warehouse, especially in the quiet hours while you're trying to sleep and have no other distractions. In an article for the Huffington Post, Shelby Freedman Harris recommends the practice of mindfulness to calm your brain down for sleep. Rather than trying to "chase" the insomnia-inducing work issues that are running laps in your brain, mindfulness requires you to focus on the moment instead.
When using mindfulness, you would instruct your brain to consider the feel of the sheets and pillow, the rhythm of your breathing, a quietly repeated mantra and so on. By denying your brain access to mental work files outside of work hours, you give it less to pore over when you're supposed to be asleep.
Be Honest About Your Work Perceptions
There's nothing laudable about holding in a constructive criticism or suggestion at your workplace. If your workload is too heavy or the demands are too great, don't be afraid to discuss job division or hiring an assistant to help you work through your to-do list more efficiently. Ultimately, risk mitigation is as much about avoiding potential errors as correcting present ones, and a tired and overworked supply chain professional is primed for a slip up or miscommunication.
Charlotte Seager of The Guardian pointed out in an article in late 2014 that a UK poll found that 55% respondents considered work more stressful than relationship, health or financial problems. Extrapolated, that means more than 1 out of every 2 people struggle with stress from work more than popular private life details — so don't feel as if you're the only one clearing their throat at work!
Your employer counts on getting your all once you clock in each day, so don't disappoint them by ignoring a very real risk mitigation strategy: self care.
When you're well-rested, provided with ample time to address your work requirements and able to focus on the task at hand, you'll come into work each day refreshed and ready to get started, rather than zombie-like and lurching towards the coffee pot. Supply chain risk mitigation starts with you, and the steps you take to make clear, rational decisions on behalf of fulfillment. Don't take shortcuts when it comes to your well-being, and you'll never have to take shortcuts to ensure the health of the company.