Eliminate the stress of stress
What would it be like if you woke up every day feeling refreshed and confident in the day ahead, with enough energy and stamina in reserve to deal with whatever comes your way? Yes, from time to time unexpected challenges arise, but what would it be like? If, in general, you knew yourself well enough that you could handle stress, cope well, and have some time to yourself, including breaks for those important people and things. in your life?
In a busy life, we often focus on work, leaving home, friends, and outside interests to take care of themselves. But often personal areas will remain quiet, gently fading into the background, not wanting to force us to choose or increase our stress. At some point, realization hits us. Friends and family no longer include us. They are living their lives without us. It may take us a while to realize this, but it is not an uncommon situation.
A little stress is good for us. It keeps us on our toes, helps us to think outside the box, to come up with new ideas, to deliver more than we think we could. But ongoing stress is counterproductive and can cause a lot of problems and ailments over time. There are 360 documented physical symptoms of stress and you may be working to overcome them all!
At first, the occasional symptom may go unnoticed or disappear. On and off headaches, sleepless nights, irritability, loss of humor, and poor concentration can all be explained by being busy and overworked. You may have a stressful period at work, problems at home, health-related concerns, things on your mind.
But if they continue unabated or start to escalate, it may be time to address what is happening, what is the root cause or trigger for these changes in your balance. If ignored, things often continue until you can no longer dismiss or put them aside. Continual drips can turn into an overflow that begins to impact and affect every area of your life.
Starting to take responsibility and acknowledge how you feel, the way you live your life is an important first step in managing stress. When we acknowledge our responses, we recognize that we need to take control and then we begin to take control so that we are better able to move to a better place, both mentally and physically.
Here are some steps to de-stress from stress;
Does dealing with stress mean compartmentalizing it, leaving it at the door, or is it more effective to find positive ways to manage your life so that each area is in balance as often as possible?
– Recognize what happens to you. What is your inner voice saying? that you must do everything yourself or will you feel guilty, failed, less successful? Are you afraid of being “discovered”, discovered as an imposter if others step in to help? Recognize triggers, situations, or phrases that people use that influence their stress levels.
– Check your perspective. Notice the difference in your outlook from when you feel happy and optimistic, or vice versa, battered and fed up. Often times, it is not what happens to us, but how we feel and respond that is the determining factor. Take control and focus on what your viable options are. Appreciate what you already have in your life.
– Be kind to yourself being healthy, with good food, water, exercise. Take the time to read a book or even do nothing. Simply parking your car for a 15-minute break after work can really benefit your mood and stress levels when you get home.
– Handle the overwhelming delegating, sharing and communicating regularly what is happening. Ask for help, don’t expect others to be psychic. And when you bring in others to help, they can thrive on the added responsibility, seeing it as an opportunity to grow, improve their skills, and perhaps even impress you with new ideas and better ways of doing things.
– ‘No’ may be the most positive word in your vocabulary. Teach others to respect you, understand what you do every day, and appreciate how much you do for them. Encourage your gratitude and appreciation.
– ‘Yes’ can be negative if it has become your constant default for all that is asked of you. Do you agree out of fear, apprehension, guilt? Used positively ‘yes’ can take you out of your comfort zone and scare you a little bit every day.
– Break large tasks into small pieces so that you are the one to make the decisions, move and feel proactive.
Why not manage stress by selecting 3 of these items to act on in the next 48 hours?
1. Outsource tasks that do not belong to your area of expertise. Hiring someone to manage your accounts, PR, and advertising could be money well spent and free you up to focus on your core business. Maybe you hire someone to do your housework, cleaning, ironing, gardening, and use that free time to do something for yourself.
2. Share with the family. Your partner often wants to be there for you. Discuss what you are going through and allow them to support you. Even children can have chores that are their responsibility, perhaps setting the table or loading the dishwasher. Communicate and ask for help.
3. Make sure you have family time sitting and eating together, even if it’s just once a week. Keep two-way communication channels open so it’s not just about you. Be interested in what is happening in their lives and remember what they have told you so that you can follow up again.
4. Turn off the technology at a set time in the evening, unless there is an occasional emergency that needs your attention. Allow yourself to unwind, preferably a couple of hours before bed. By committing to specific time slots each day to connect, you will avoid wasting time constantly checking. You will have more free time and you will be able to devote genuine attention to your real relationships.
5. Treat sleep as important. Stress and sleep-related problems cost UK companies £ 40 billion last year, or the equivalent of 200,000 days of lost productivity, due to accidents, absenteeism and poor performance. Prepare for a good night’s sleep by relaxing for an hour or two before bed. Avoid that heavy conversation late at night, plan for the next day by making a list of impending tasks, maybe you have your clothes ready, the kids’ lunches packed.
6. Try to maintain a regular routine, a relaxing bath or shower to eliminate the worries of the day. If you have a hectic physical job, try introducing balance with mentally challenging interests like quizzes, puzzles, interesting conversations, or mentally demanding work can be balanced by scheduling physical activities like the gym or a walk.
7. It can be fun to go out regularly. and maybe share that time with the family taking a walk, playing soccer, playing together.
8. Reward each stage of your journey with treats, time, and self-praise. Trying deserves recognition, even if things don’t turn out the way you expected.
9. Commit to ongoing training, learning, development, improvement. Keep your brain active so that it is engaged and stimulated.
Stress is a fact of everyday life, but by incorporating a few basic steps, you can implement effective ways to eliminate stress.