6 Steps To Stress Avoidance

6 Steps To Stress Avoidance

Anything taken too much is​ bad for the​ health,​ and the​ long term effects of​ stress are well documented,​ which is​ why it​ is​ such an​ important area. as​ with everything in​ life prevention is​ always better than cure so I have provided 6 steps to​ help you​ avoid becoming stressful.

A little stress is​ actually good,​ as​ it​ could serve to​ help you​ function at​ your best. However,​ stress that seems a​ little too much could take a​ physical,​ as​ well as​ mental,​ toll to​ your body. Stress should be managed in​ order for depression or​ anxiety to​ be prevented.

I recommend you​ see a​ stress counselor if​ you​ think you​ may be suffering from stress but there are a​ few preventative things you​ can do for yourself:

Write it​ out,​ schedule it​ out.

Overwhelm is​ a​ result of​ having too much in​ your head to​ deal with so write it​ down,​ get it​ out of​ your head and down on​ paper.

You will find a​ things-to-do-list much easier to​ manage than having errands all crumpled up in​ your head. Writing down the​ tasks,​ and putting a​ specific schedule and time to​ do them,​ helps anyone manage activities one chunk at​ a​ time. Crossing out an​ activity that has already been accomplished is​ very rewarding and could actually help you​ feel more relaxed when doing the​ other tasks at​ hand.

One at​ a​ time works.

Focus and put all your attention specifically on​ one task at​ one time. it​ does not help to​ feel panicky about the​ other undone or​ to-do tasks. Thinking about them only adds unnecessary stress and could even hamper in​ doing the​ task you​ are attempting to​ accomplish at​ present. Just focus in​ on​ your one task,​ whether that task is​ spending time with the​ kids,​ or​ writing the​ next chapter of​ your book. Block time in​ your schedule for your most important tasks to​ ensure you​ experience balance.

Relax and take it​ slow.

At least,​ try not to​ expend too much energy on​ activities that are currently not priorities. This is​ in​ order for your energy to​ be not easily expended on​ the​ tasks that are not that important,​ at​ least for now.

Also spend time relaxing in​ between your work,​ just 2 minutes with your eyes closed standing out in​ the​ fresh air is​ enough to​ bring back mental alertness and to​ help you​ feel calmer. I recommend 10 minutes away from your desk every few hours. Taking this time for yourself will mean that you​ come back stronger and more focused. the​ longer you​ spend working without a​ break the​ more your effectiveness diminishes.

Delegate,​ delegate,​ delegate.

You really don’t have to​ do everything all at​ once and you​ definitely don’t have to​ do everything on​ your own. Get into the​ habit of​ asking for help,​ or​ paying for help. When there is​ a​ feeling of​ being overwhelmed that is​ cropping up,​ hire someone to​ mow the​ lawn or​ get a​ sitter for your children. the​ feeling of​ being pressed to​ finish something on​ time will somehow be eliminated if​ tasks are delegated. it​ takes a​ load off unnecessary worry and anxiety. Moreover,​ it​ is​ easier checking up on​ how things are,​ than worrying yourself sick doing everything on​ your own,​ all at​ once. Remember that delegating does not mean leaving someone to​ get on​ with it​ and forgetting about it,​ because if​ that person makes an​ error you​ end up feeling even more stressful. Make sure you​ check up on​ progress and let them know that they should ask you​ if​ they are unsure about anything.

Give yourself a​ reward.

You deserve it. Acknowledging your accomplishments,​ no matter how big or​ small,​ is​ an​ effort that is​ necessary before getting on​ to​ the​ next tasks and activities. it​ reduces stress and could even make you​ happier in​ doing the​ next task. Also,​ it​ is​ really easy to​ spend your time in​ the​ future,​ thinking about how wonderful life will be when you​ finally complete your task or​ goal. However,​ usually when we get there,​ there are no celebrations because we are on​ to​ the​ next “thing to​ do.” By giving yourself a​ reward (something that doesn’t cost anything is​ the​ best reward!) you​ acknowledge where you​ are at,​ that you​ have completed another step. And when you​ get to​ your final destination success tastes sweet!

Give yourself a​ break.

You need it​ to​ be more productive. a​ ten to​ fifteen minute break during your work is​ necessary. Go visit a​ café nearby,​ take a​ quick brisk walk,​ or​ do anything to​ put your mind off work,​ at​ least for a​ while. This is​ necessary to​ refresh and recharge. Believe it​ or​ not,​ you​ can also stay in​ your work and sit with your eyes closed as​ you​ visualize a​ peaceful landscape or​ a​ relaxing scene. This frees the​ stress from your muscles and your mind.

I recommend everyone take a​ full hour away from their desk,​ many people find this difficult to​ do but it​ is​ really essential if​ you​ want to​ avoid stress. Invite a​ work colleague to​ go with you​ or​ spend the​ time in​ quiet contemplation. if​ you​ need to​ set outlook to​ signal when you​ need to​ take an​ hour,​ or​ set your cell phone alarm to​ go off,​ then no matter what you​ are doing stop,​ get up,​ and walk away. I promise you​ that you​ will return with more energy and creativity than you​ left with!

I hope you​ enjoyed reading these six steps and that you​ will choose to​ take one and use today,​ taking action is​ the​ prime step towards stress avoidance,​ or​ if​ you​ are already feeling the​ effects of​ stress.

While a​ little of​ everything is​ good for us,​ too much of​ anything isn’t and it​ is​ always better to​ learn how to​ relax and avoid stress than it​ is​ to​ have to​ learn how to​ deal with overcoming it. Doing so makes you​ healthier,​ happier,​ and a​ lot more productive.

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