By Elizabeth Shields
Had it up to here? Got a lot on your plate, or feel at the end of your tether? However, you choose to dress it up, express it, describe it, stress is a fact of modern life. Fast-paced, permanently connected, 21st Century living can leave us frazzled and wrought. The World Health Organization has called stress the “Health Epidemic of the 21st Century”. Yet, it is not inevitable that we must accept stress as a permanent condition. There’s plenty of simple steps that turn the heat down on stress. In this blog, we’ll journey through 10 effective ways to reduce and combat stress. So, sit back, relax and read.
#1 Get Realistic about Resources
Stress is that feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental or emotional pressure. The mental assessment where we know our resources do not match the requirements of the to-do list. A simple way to redress the lack of balance is to review that list, with our resources in mind. Any more than 10 items on a to-do list for a given day is likely to feel overwhelming. Accept the reality that you may need to say no if your resources don’t allow for it. Practice the word “no”, remembering it is a complete sentence!
That to do list? What can you delegate to help share the load a little? Whether it’s finding ways to upskill a junior employee by delegating a creative or interesting project, hiring some home at help, or getting the kids involved in household tasks, delegating can be a great stress buster. Try to avoid the guilt-trip mindset that says you are simply passing your stressful tasks onto someone else. In the case of children, delegation of some tasks teaches responsibility and models healthy work-life balance for your kids. Junior employees can learn a great deal and gain experience and hiring in some home help supports the local economy.
#3 Remember the Rule of “Good Enough”
Some stress is caused by a sense we aren’t measuring up to expectations. Remember how it felt to have a teacher write on our report we “must try harder”. Stressful. Yet, sometimes we place unrealistic expectations upon ourselves, in other words we fall foul to perfectionism. When it comes to your own expectations, “good enough” is a stress-busting maxim. Aim for a good-enough job most of the time, and you’ll soon feel the weight of stress slipping away.
#4 Whose Judgement Counts?
Connected with the idea of self-expectation is the idea of others’ views on our performance and worth. You’ll never please everyone in life. No matter how hard you try, or how successful you are, there’s always a critic on the side-lines offering judgmental comments. Decide now, once and for all, whose judgment matters to you. It makes it a lot easier to trust your own decisions, actions and feel content with your choices.Continue reading “Guest Post: 10 Effective Ways to Reduce Stress in the Modern World”