8 WAYS TO MANAGE YOUR STRESS
For More Happiness and Profits
We all know now that most illnesses and especially Burnout are caused by our failure to manage stress well, so it is important right from the start to have good stress management processes as part of your everyday routine. As part of our self-care, we all clean our teeth every day to prevent losing them. It is so much part of our daily routine that we don’t even think about it.
When we work for ourselves It’s easy to get caught up in all the drama involved with multi-tasking, responsibilities, and trying to be all things to all people.
Learning how to destress is as important to your business as learning how to make money, so don’t neglect it. Pick and choose from these seven ideas how to cut down on stress and truly enjoy your life while taking good care of your primary asset – YOU!
- Use Essential Oils
Essential oils are tinctures extracted from flowers and herbs. They taste and smell like the plant itself.
Essential oils can be calming if you choose the right combinations. They can be inhaled or used on the skin or in baths. You can use them in diffuser form or buy essential-oil-scented candles.
Two things you must never do with essential oils: Apply them neat on skin, or ingest them in any form. Essential oils have to be diluted with a carrier oil first before you can apply a dab to your wrist or throat.
Lavender, bergamot, chamomile, rose, and lemongrass are all scents that help destress. Find your favourite one and use it to get yourself into a calm state at the beginning of your working day.
One sniff of your favorite essential oil – a scent that takes you back to a happy memory – and stress will just melt away.
- Use Music Wisely
Many people find listening to music destresses them, but music has to be used wisely. Listening to stirring music before bed can over-stimulate you. Listening to a gentle relaxation tape while driving a car is not always the best idea, since it can make you drowsy and sleepy.
If neither music nor silence works for you, try using a white noise app while you work.
There’s a genre of music that will help you destress and relax – just experiment till you find the type that works best for you. For me I find Albinoni’s Adagio softly playing in the background, is so relaxing and soothing.
- Spring-Clean Your Workspace
There’s some truth to the idea that a disorganized, chaotic environment leads to a disorganized, chaotic mind. But more than that, a chaotic workspace can contribute to feelings of inadequacy, depression, and reinforce the notion that others lead perfect lives – not you. So, clean up your workspace. Throw out, give away or donate everything that doesn’t inspire you or is unnecessary. Polish all your furniture. Put fresh flowers in your home office.
Make sure that your workspace reflects the way you want your business to be. And you may be surprised to discover you’re feeling more positive and energized towards your business.
- Upgrade Your Equipment
We can suffer unnecessary stress from stumbling along with outdated equipment – whether that’s hardware, software, furniture, or anything else in between. If you suffer from chronic backache or you have to lift your arms too high over your keyboard, buy a comfortable new office chair. If you spend hours trying to get your printer to work, just to print out one simple page, then get a new printer. If you’re missing out on easy tracking or other enhanced features in a subscription you have, upgrade to a better version.
You can save significant time, cut down on body aches and pains, and restore both your sanity and confidence when you invest in the right equipment – and yourself!
- Do Something Creative
If you’re really stressed, take a complete break – even if it’s only a short one – and do something creative. Sketch your dog, pick up your knitting, scrapbook a journal cover or write a short story.
You don’t have to take an entire afternoon off. Even if you only allow yourself fifteen minutes of painting or updating your Vision Board, it will break the cycle of stress and flip your mind into a more relaxed state.
- Do The Thing You Hate Most First
Is there one task or business activity above all others that you keep putting off? Making you procrastinate? Leaving you not wanting to get going? If so, that’s a sure sign you ought to get rid of it, re-think what you’re doing – or tackle it first.
If you find yourself hating one-on-one client work, consider hiring practitioners to do it for you or creating a pre-recorded, online course instead. If bookkeeping is your bugbear, get into the habit of organizing your receipts for your bookkeeper first thing in the morning. For me, it’s anything to do with numbers or accounting! I avoid it like the plague, but when it comes around to tax return time it has to be done.
If you spend far too many hours writing articles for your blog, outsource it to a competent ghostwriter or copywriter.
The one thing you should NOT do is keep hiding from that task!
- Join a Support Group
There is nothing quite like discovering that others deal with the same issues and problems you do. Whatever area of your life is bothering you, find a specialized support group – even if it’s just a monthly meeting of your local business people
Talking to others allows you to vent to those who know what you’re talking about, and you’ll often find you get great ideas and solutions simply listening to their own struggles.
Support groups will often help you get a new perspective with information you didn’t know about. They share ideas and insights as well as experience, which can often be reassuring.
Why not Join our Western Women Mean Business Public group or better still, become a Member and join our online closed Facebook Group.J
- Practice Gratitude
Stress is a fear-based phenomenon. It grows when we focus on our fears and dissipates when we notice all the things we have to be grateful for.
Try starting out, first thing when you wake, by thinking of at least three things you are grateful for that morning. My husband and I do this every morning together. I feel so grateful, for my good health, which has had it’s challenges, for my clear mind, for my peaceful home, for the love of many wonderful women around me.
Do the same thing at night. Even if you’re going through a rough patch, you will most likely find you can think of more reasons for gratitude than just three.
When you reconnect with life’s blessings, stress loses much of its power.
In fact, when we feel the gratitude in our hearts our energetic frequency goes up and we are more likely to attract events and experiences in alignment with that frequency.
Stress is inevitable, but it is also a choice. You can choose whether or not you want to be reactive, ever at its beck and call. Put these strategies into practice and minimize your stress – starting today!
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