Let’s just admit it – we’re all stressed.
Work environment stress has risen 20% in the last 30 years.
That’s because stress is contagious.
So, how do you combat stress on a daily basis?
1. Just Breath. Do it often, and do it properly.
We often forget how important breathing actually is, because our bodies breathe on their own without much thought. But when’s the last time you actually paused to listen and count your breath? Try the 4-7-8 method to pull back some oxygen into your body, lower stress, improve sleep and become centered. Dr. Andrew Weil founded this simple technique that has been proven to ease the body and mind. Try it yourself! – follow the chart below:
2. Joy – Seek it, Have it, Live it.
Here’s my challenge for you: make a list of all the things that bring you joy. Go crazy, and write down as many as you can think of. Do it in a ‘brain-dumb’ format so your truly free-flowing with your thoughts. What’s a ‘Brain Dump’? Check out this great article about the technique: How To Brain Dump
3. The ‘I’m too busy’ routine. Just stop.
First, let’s tackle the “I’m too busy’, but your really not. By claiming to be busy, your essentially proving your worth or status. I happen to think the opposite; time for yourself equals success. If you’ve intentionally carved out the time to do the things you love, then you’ve figured out a way to structure your schedule to have time to enjoy life every day. Because it’s every day that enjoying life needs to occur – not just on weekends, nights or on vacation.
Now onto the later – “I’m too busy” and you most definitely are. What are some ways in which the activities throughout the day consume you? Is it the time it takes, the brain-power or is it physical exertion? Make a list of each specific task you completed during a typical week and see what your working with. We all know that these things compound, and by the weeks end (if you have one) adding one more itty-bitty tasks can set you ablaze.
Any which way to reduce the amount of workload you have in a week will greatly improve your mental wellbeing and reduce your stress. If you can’t figure this out on your own, hire someone who can help you get to the bottom of why your too busy in the first place. The obvious answer may not be what you think. It may even take a few counseling or coaching sessions, or difficult chats with your business partner or boss to really get to the bottom of your overwhelming feelings.