Everyone has stress.
I have a few tried and true suggestions aimed at reducing stress and making you more productive at work and at play. Here they are;
1. Re-prioritize. If you cannot seem to get everything done and you are constantly beating yourself up about this, then you should face the reality that you cannot do everything. Don’t just re-prioritize your “to-do” lists (office and home). Re-prioritize your life list. Make a date with yourself for an hour or two and go somewhere quiet, where you can be alone.
A few tips on re-prioritizing and making lists to live by include;
List what is important to you.
Put these items in order of importance.
Look carefully at your top three. Are these the items that support you financially and emotionally? You have been sabotaging yourself and to successfully stop the self-sabotage, you will have to change the way you have ordered your life up to now. Whenever you need to make a decision concerning the expenditure of your time, look at your life list. Will the activity support those items? If not, do not spend your time on those items. Which leads to the next step…
2. Get Help. Stop trying to do everything yourself. Start with the most inexpensive thing, which for most people is help around the house. Get someone to clean, or run errands. If you work in the home, this is really important because you will constantly notice what needs to done and it can distract you. For your business, hire part-time help to help you with paperwork or tasks that require much of your time. You can hire Virtual Assistants if you are not ready for employees in your office. They can be hired by the hour and can do some of the tasks that you should not be spending your time doing. Virtual Assistants are independent contractors and are skilled in office, bookkeeping and computer work. They work out of their own offices on the computer and phone. Delegate, hire, barter. Do what you need to so that you stop trying to do everything yourself.
3. Be Active. You cannot sit all day and keep working. It is not good for your body, it is not good for your mind and it is not good for your business. Get some exercise and the easiest way to start is to walk. I urge you to schedule time in your day, each day, for a walk. Often, during our work day we keep going, because we don’t want to lose momentum and we want to get stuff done.
But if you don’t take the time to walk and move your legs, you will not only lose your momentum, you will have used up all your energy and ideas. When you walk, your mind takes in new sights and sounds. It is helpful to let your mind relax into a flow, with no set direction or course. Your subconscious will continue to work on whatever project you are currently involved in, and you will be inspired with new ideas, solutions, and courses of action.
4. Drink lots of water. Take the time to drink 6-8 glasses of water per day. This is quite simple but so important. Keep hydrated to flush out toxins, have healthier looking skin and boost your metabolic rate. Often we mistake thirst for hunger, so drinking enough water can help you control the amount you eat.
Keeping your body hydrated will help every part of your body and mind. You will have fewer headaches, and you will think more clearly. You want the clearest thinking for your business, don’t you?
5. Get more sleep. Adults should have 7-9 hours of sleep a night and if you are not getting enough sleep, everything will suffer. Your business, your personal life, and your health. You do not think creatively when you are tired, and you may make bad decisions. When you don’t get enough sleep, hormones in your body get out of whack. You will actually crave carbohydrates and eat more when you are tired. The foods you crave are usually ones that zap your B vitamins—the ones you need for energy!
The easiest way to start, is to move your bedtime up by 15 minutes. You can create the time to go to bed earlier by turning off the television. PVR your favorite shows. Watch them at a later time. Turn off the computer. Turn off the Blackberry and leave the phone alone. If you have trouble settling down, a hot shower or bath can relax you. A glass of milk or a small bowl of cereal can help.
Create a relaxing atmosphere in your sleep area with soft bedding and quiet. Read a novel or a magazine for a few minutes before you turn the lights out. (Or try tax legislation!)
Remember, as far as work, there will always be more. Leave it.
Go to sleep.
One important note: It is your choice whether you stay in a stressed out, unhealthy state. What do you want? A healthy business and body, or an unhealthy business and body? Think about it.