Stress is a sneaky little monster, one moment you’re handling your business and the next you feel like you want to jump on a flight to the Bahamas and start over. I know, I’ve been there!
Stress doesn’t just show and say: “Hello there!” No.
It shows up with a whole gang of friends all wanting a space at the table. So say hello to anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, irritability and depression.
So how do we kick these guys to the curb? Well I’ve compiled a few easy steps to help you manage your stress:
1. Practice Self-Care
You’ve probably heard the term self-care a million times before and read quite a few blogs telling you to practice self-care, but the reason you keep hearing about it is because it is so incredibly important!
Put yourself first, you’re allowed to! Whether self-care to you is going for a massage once a week or taking a night off from cooking and enjoying some down-time on the couch- do it!
2. Be kind to yourself
This might sound strange, but stay with me. Think about how many times you’ve been hard on yourself for making a mistake at work? How often do you think negative thoughts about your looks or accomplishments, and how often do you compare yourself with your friends or colleagues?
Sometimes we’re our own worst enemy, when in fact you should be your biggest cheerleader!
So be kind to yourself, think positive thoughts and remember you are human
- and wonderfully so!
3. Get Organized
Stress can have a snowball effect. Work keeps piling up, pressure keeps building and soon you feel so overwhelmed that you almost feel like you’re drowning and don’t know which way is up.
So get organized, prioritize your tasks and plan your day!
Sometimes a bunch of small things can look like a big Tsunami wave that’s going to come crashing down and swallow you whole. Take it one step at a time- one task/job at a time.
Simplify your work-life by focussing on one thing at a time
, and then move on to the next.
It’s much easier to breathe this way….
4. Breathing Exercises
Do me a favour- hold your breath for the next 30 seconds…
Do you feel the pressure
that builds in your chest? Can you feel how your body urges you to take a breath, those panic signals
that go off in your body?
Well that’s exactly why working on your breathing is such an effective stress reliever!
So next time you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed
simply do the following:
Take a slow and deep breath in for 5 seconds, hold it for 5 seconds and breathe out slowly for 5 seconds.
You can repeat this exercise a few times, working your way up to 7 seconds and finally 10 seconds each.
In conclusion I’d like you to read, and remember, the following quote… Write it down if you have to!
“I will breathe. I will think of solutions. I will not let my worry control me. I will not let my stress level break me. I will simply breathe, and it will be okay. Because I don’t quit.”
~ Shayne McClendon
Remember you might not be able to control everything in life, but you can control your thoughts and how you react to things.
Don’t let stress take control of your life
- kick it to the curb!
If you’d like some help with surviving stress then Staff Training
has the workshop for you! Our Stress and Time Management
workshop gives individuals the tools they need to manage their time effectively and overcome the stress-induced obstacles they face. You can join us for a full-day workshop or half-day coaching session… We even have an online course
Email us at info@StaffTraining.co.za
for more info or give us a call at 0861 996 660