Stress management is one of the most important skills everyone must learn and master. In today’s world, stress is inevitable and the only chance we have at dealing with it successfully, is by learning how to manage it.
Depending on the levels of stress, a person may have varying symptoms. Many people experience sleeplessness, lack of appetite, back, and neck pains, mental fatigue, and other early signs of health deterioration. People who are constantly under a lot of stress are often cranky, irritable, always on the verge of anger; they are miserable, and ultimately unhappy.
The worst thing is you end up unable to focus, your work productivity suffers, you’re unable to work with your team, and are always fearful and anxious about practically everything. Most people have the tendency to take stress lightly. However, when left unaddressed, stress can have severe effects on a person’s overall health, productivity, and countenance.
Below are some very practical tips on how to manage stress.
You need to be on the lookout for early signs of stress. Do you work nonstop? Are you always anxious? Do you have less time for family because you’re always working? Do you have poor sleep? All these are early signs of stress that you need to manage immediately. Talk to your partner, friend, work colleague or coach about your need for work-life balance and assess your own habits to see what you need to improve.
Get physical. Try to integrate exercise, enough rest, and social activities into your daily life. Read books, take walks, eat good food, and get to bed on time. Developing your physical and emotional health will help you battle stress when it comes. When you see early signs of stress creep in, get back to your routine of activities, rest, and socialisation, and keep at it.
Organize your priorities. Perform tasks in order of importance and urgency – by doing this you will be able to accomplish more with less stress. Don’t forget to delegate tasks to others, you can’t do everything on your own or you will end up burning yourself out, allow people to help you.
Time management is critical to stress management. Make a timetable of responsibilities and tasks, and make sure you include time for family, social activities, and personal time. Do not over schedule tasks in a single day; spread them out wisely so you do not fall into stress.
Stay positive. Stop complaining and whining about things. Fill your mind with positive thoughts instead of self-defeating thoughts. You need to learn to motivate yourself and encourage yourself every day. Start your day with some simple meditation, and just have fun with work. Never lose your passion and allow stress to move in.