Stress management

Tips to deal with Stress

We all deal with stress every day, so how do we manage it?

Running a business is stressful, don’t kid yourself that its not, but it’s even more stressful when you are trying to tie up everything before you take that well earned break over the festive period.

There always seems to be a never-ending list of tasks to get through with not enough hours in the day to get everything done, so here are a few helpful tips to help you manage your stress on a daily basis.

 

  • Take a break from the stressor –stepping away can give you a different perspective on something that is causing you stress.  Don’t avoid stress, but take a break and then come back to the project.
  • Exercise – we all know the benefits of exercise and just 20 minutes can be a great stress reliever during a trying time.
  • Smile and laugh – stress is often held in the face so relax and laugh or smile to relieve the tension.
  • Get support – make a call to a friend or send a mail and share your concerns or feelings.  Make sure you contact someone who you trust and understands you.  A problem shared is a problem halved.
  • Meditate – To help your mind relax and focus try mediation or mindful prayer. Focusing will help you see new perspectives.  Like exercise meditation can have an immediate benefit on stress relief.
  • Remember what’s going rightdon’t get bogged down by the negatives.  Running my own business, if there is one tip I would highly recommend, it would be this one!
  • Rank your tasks – prioritise your goals write down all that you need to do and then rank them in order of importance.
  • Take breaks – this is important even if it is just for 10 minutes to refresh and calm yourself.  It will also prevent long term burn out.

So the next time you feel things getting out of control; try these tips and soon you will be ticking off all your items on your to-do list and heading out the door for some “me” time!

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Lao Tzu

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