Stress in our personal and professional lives is ever changing and constantly on the rise. Every day we’re expected to do more and more with less and less – less resources, less energy and less time. In order to master the ability to manage stress, it’s important to first remove one of the biggest obstacles that stands between chaos and calm – SELF. Often we are one of the biggest contributors to the calamity and chaos we experience in our lives. Stress management is the recognition that life is all about the choices we make. Starting today, choose to take control and follow these simple tips to help you lead a stress-less lifestyle.
Stress is amazingly persistent, even seductive. We get used to feeling tight and tense. Though positive thinking has its place, unless it is backed up by practical wisdom it tends to get overwhelmed and fade away.
Here are seven proven ways you can get a new handle on stress:
At 2pm last Wednesday, I got a call from one of my clients. Before I could barely utter my “hello,” she launched headlong into her story – “I am so frustrated! I have this client who has been dragging her feet at every stage of our project. I’m working on a branding campaign for her company and expected to be finished nine months ago, but every time we get to a stage in the project where the ball is in her court, I have to follow-up umpteen times and push and prod just to get her to move forward. In almost every case, it takes her about two months to do something that could have been done in a week. Then, two months later when she’s finally finished with her part, she cheerily announces that she’s ready for me to start the next phase and wonders how quickly I can do it. Every time this happens I have to completely reacquaint myself with her project. All in all, I’ve spent almost twice as many hours as I budgeted. How can I get her to wrap up this project so I can move on?,” she finished.
You probably think I’m wacko, but it’s true – stress can be your best friend! Stress is actually a positive experience to be channeled to improve your life.
For instance, let me tell you about a small moment of stress I faced a few minutes ago.
Just before I boarded my flight from Phoenix to Seattle, I was talking to my husband Wade on my cell phone. Toward the end of our conversation, he told me how someone had commented on how the kids are dressed better when I’m around.
Now, I already know some of the things he’s taken the kids to church in…..YIKES!
But, then he proceeds to tell me how Maegan had syrup in her hair, and it was all tangled, and he couldn’t brush it out; so he took her over to the baby sitter that way anyway (uh-oh).
Stress, America’s #1 health problem, is a leading cause of major illness. Heart disease, high blood pressure, and depression are just some of the harmful effects of stress. Research has shown that releasing stress and learning how to relax promotes a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life.
Take this quiz and see how you rate on your stress level!
1. Retrain your self-talk, to remove selfish from your vocabulary and replace it with self-care. In order for you to take care of the people you love you need to take care of yourself first. Friends, family, loved ones look to you as a model, make sure to model self-care, taking time to play, relax, and read. This is especially important for parents; this will give your children the confidence to have the same healthy behaviors.
Your flights booked, and now it’s airport time. Airports can be stressful places nowadays, and these tips are designed for stress reduction…
* Leave home early
Airport stress starts the moment you leave home. Don’t sit in traffic watching minutes tick away. Aim to arrive at the airport two hours early (usually required for International flights). Then if there’s traffic delays, you’ve still got plenty of time.
These days the one word stress can mean so many things to different people. We are constantly bombarded with all kinds of stress whether it be work stress, financial stress, school stress, poor health or relationship stress.
It almost seems impossible having to constantly juggle all your problems and issues by yourself on a day to day basis. Sometimes, you just want to scream for help because it can be so frustrating and overwhelming dealing with life’s pressures and expectations.
It is so important to manage your stress the right way or it may lead to anxiety and even depression if not tackled early. You need to learn stress relief techniques to help combat your stress and anxiety positively.
So How Can I Deal With My Stress Effectively?