There isn’t a working person among us who doesn’t deal with stress — whether you’re an entrepreneur, a freelancer, working for a struggling startup, or clocking in working for a company, work stress is inevitable.
Cause of Stress
- Hard deadlines
- Difficult co-workers or boss
- Uncertainty about your job
- Uncertainty about whether you can succeed at this project
- Competition, office politics, interpersonal conflicts
- Not having enough time for family or personal life
- Being overwhelmed by too much to do
There are many more possibilities, but these are a good sampling.
Ways to Eliminate Stress From Your Life
1 – Identify stressors – This is the most important step of all, as identifying the things that stress you out in your life is the first step towards eliminating them. Take 10 minutes to think about what stresses you out during the day.
2 – Eliminate unnecessary commitments – We all have many commitments in our life, starting with work but also including commitments related to kids, our spouses, things to do at home, other family, civic, side work, religious, hobbies, online activities and more. Consider each of them, the amount of stress they provide, and the value you get out of them.
3 – Disorganization – We’re all disorganized to some extent. Even if we’ve organized something, and created a great system for keeping it that way, things tend to move towards chaos over time. But disorganization stresses us out, in terms of visual clutter, and in making it difficult to find stuff we need. Take time to get things in your life organized, starting with your desk and the papers in your home, and moving on to other areas.
4 – Multitasking – Having multiple tasks going on at the same time might seem productive, but in actuality it slows us down from actually focusing on a task and completing it — and it stresses us out in the meantime.
5 – Eliminate energy drains – If you’ve analyzed your life and found things that stress you out, you might have also noticed things that drain your energy. Certain things in our life just cause us to be more exhausted than others, with less value. Identify them, and cut them out. You’ll have much more energy and much less stress.
6 – Simplify life – Simplify your routines, your commitments, your information intake, your cluttered rooms, the mass of stuff going on in your life … and have less stress as a result.
7 – Relax throughout the day – It’s important to take mini-breaks during your work day. Stop what you’re doing, massage your shoulders and neck and head and hands and arms, get up and stretch, walk around, drink some water. Go outside and appreciate the fresh air and the beautiful sky.
8 – Exercise – This is common advice for stress relief, and that’s because it works but it’s also a stress prevention method. Exercising helps relieve the stress buildup, it gives you some quiet time to contemplate and relax, and just as importantly, it makes you more fit. A fitter person is better equipped to handle stress.
9 – Eat healthy – This goes hand-in-hand with exercise as a stress prevention method, of course. Become healthier and a major source of stress will disappear.
10 – Slow down – Instead of rushing through life, learn to take things slow. Enjoy your food, enjoy the people around you, enjoy nature. This step alone can save tons of stress.
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