Stress is no fun and it can definitely have it’s toll on us. Stress has been known to cause headache, muscle tension, muscle pain, chest pain, fatigue, upset stomach, insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation, lack of focus, irritability, depression, eating problems, addiction … and social withdrawal.
Here is what you can do to beat stress:
Turn off your phone
Sound scary? Do it particularly one hour before and after you sleep. We think we need to be available 24/7 and that kind of pressure alone can add to your soaring stress.
It’s a simple tactic that can do you a world of good. It requires self- discipline. You think you may need to be at the beck and call of your boss, colleagues and customers but is the world really going to end if you don’t respond right away?
Yes breathe. It supplies your brain with oxygen. You need it for a well-functioning brain that can handle stress. Check how you are sitting. Are you crouched behind your computer most of the time? Sit up straight and keep your back straight all day or for as long as you can. Take a few deep breaths. It’ll help ease your stress.
Do you have a million things to do and a to-do list that never ends? Prioritize your list based on two things. First group items by difficulty (easy, medium, hard) and then by possible impact (high, medium, low). You can find that there are tasks that are both easy and have a high impact. Tackle those first, they’ll help you get 80% of your goals done with 20% of the work.
If your list still feels unreasonable and unrealistic with the given time frame consider which items and tasks to drop or have your boss help you with that.
Shrug Off What You Cannot Control
There will always be things that are beyond your control like what we see on the news; the failing economy, crimes, new possibly adverse regulations etc. Not to mention what your customers do and how they react, other people’s emotions and set-backs, the list goes on. Constantly worrying about stuff you can’t control is wasted energy and extra stress you don’t need. Decide to change what can change and shrug off what you can’t.