Many of us struggle with pretty demanding schedules. Stress, information overload, and juggling responsibilities is more common than ever. Our bodies express stress in different ways: tension, neck or lower back pain, headaches, dizziness, digestive issues, and numbness are some examples. As I wrote in my post about Self-Care, ongoing stress can be damaging to our bodies, can lead to burnout, lack of passion in our work, and the feeling of unfulfillment.
While I can’t ease your workload, get rid of your micromanaging boss, or your nagging co-worker; I can help you manage the effects of that stress.
See below for the techniques I do on a weekly, some on a daily, basis in order to stay sharp, avoid getting overwhelmed, and live a happier life.
- The EOD To-Do List: I’m usually on the edge of my seat to get home after a long day; but I never leave without completing my To-Do list for the next morning. It doesn’t need to be inclusive of everything, start with 4-6 items that are most urgent. You’ll leave feeling more relaxed, in control, and super prepared when coming back to work the next day.
- Change the Internal Dialogue: Be conscious of what you are saying to yourself in those stressful moments. My internal talk tends to sound like: “I’m never going to finish this in time, why does XYZ keep correcting my work, I’m going to have to stay late tonight.” Your internal chatter most probably is making it even more difficult to appreciate; let alone enjoy, anything at work. Try the 5 by 5 rule: If it’s not going to matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes being upset by it.
- Move Your Body: Whether it’s working out, going on a walk, or stretching; moving my body makes me feel good about myself. Not only is there a release of endorphins that helps to release stress; but the trainer/instructor/or podcast I may be listening too gives an extra boost of encouragement and inspiration.
- Good Posture: Pull your shoulders back, keep back straight and tuck chin in slightly to maintain a good posture. Will increase confidence, your diaphragm will relax, and breathing will be easier.
- Shock Your Emotions: I’m a big believer that sometimes you just need to scream, cry, or laugh your problems away.
- Unplug: Take a quick break from social media, emails, texting, and Instagram for a few minutes. Digital distraction can add to our stress unconsciously, and sometimes is a cover up. Try one of the tips above instead.