Stress Tips – Easy Ways to Feel Relief
In today’s society we seem to focus on more is better; more working hours, more responsibilities, and more projects in less time, etc. This can lead to burn out, loss of family time, relationship difficulties, marriage break down and physical stress-related illnesses just to name a few. It is of utmost importance to look at the causes of stress in your life and to find suitable ways to manage and relieve it continuously.
Tip #1: Prioritize
Ask yourself: What is important in my life? Are you treating the most important things in your life, like for example your health and well-being, your partner and children or your enjoyment in life, with the attention they deserve? Another good question is: Looking back at your life at the age of eighty, ask yourself: How would you have liked to have spent your time?
Set your priorities right for you and plan your time accordingly.
Tip #2: Make an appointment with yourself
For all business related meeting we make appointments and put our commitment into it. What about yourself? When have you last set an appointment with yourself to go to the gym or to have an uninterrupted special time with your partner? Once you have thought about your priorities plan them ahead, make a date with your health by booking in regular exercise time or schedule relaxation time by taking your dog for a walk.
Tip #3: Put things into proportion
Stressful events are stressful because we allow them to take over our ‘screen of the mind’. Can you remember the stressful events from this time a year ago, 5 years ago, 10 years ago? Deal with one thing at a time remembering that they all fade as time passes. Talk about it with someone you care about, a friend, your partner, or with a therapist. Just naming the issue and the related feelings will ease the tension.
Tip #4: Take a break
The natural cycle of the body requires a short break every 90 – 120 minutes to stay effective and to be able to fully concentrate. Make sure you schedule regular breaks where you leave your environment, go for a short walk to a coffee shop, engage in other activities than work, talk to people, read a magazine or listen to music. During your lunch break take yourself to a park and eat lunch sitting on a bench, once in a while. Remember that lunch meetings are efficient but will not take your mind off, which is also an important way to relieve tension.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure it fits in with your personality, your life style and your systems.