Life passes swiftly at an increasingly frantic pace. It’s easy to get caught up in all the chaos involved with multi-tasking, responsibilities, and trying to be all things to all people. Learning how to destress is as essential to your business as learning how to make money, so don’t neglect it. Pick and choose from tips to cut down on stress and truly enjoy your life.
Use Music Wisely
Many people find listening to music destresses them, but music has to be used wisely. Listening to stirring music before bed can over-stimulate you. Listening to a gentle relaxation tape while driving a car is not always the best idea since it can make you tired and sleepy.
It depends on you and the mood. If you need something to make you dance in your chair, something you can sing to, or you may need to get out of your chair and dance a little to get the juices pumping again. Whatever genre of music that will help you destress and relax – experiment till you find the type that works best for you.
Spring-Clean Your Workspace
There’s some truth to the idea that a disorganized, chaotic environment leads to a disorganized, chaotic mind. But more than that, a chaotic workspace can contribute to feelings of inadequacy, depression, and reinforce the notion that others lead perfect lives – not you. So, clean up your workspace. Throw out, give away, or donate everything that doesn’t inspire you or is unnecessary. Polish all your furniture. Put fresh flowers in your home office. Make sure that your workspace reflects the way you want your business to be. And you may be surprised to discover you’re feeling more positive and energized towards your business.
Upgrade Your Equipment
We can suffer unnecessary stress from stumbling along with outdated equipment – whether that’s hardware, software, furniture, or anything else in between. If you suffer from chronic backache or you have to lift your arms too high over your keyboard, buy a comfortable new office chair. If you spend hours trying to get your printer to work, to print out one simple page, then get a new printer. If you’re missing out on easy tracking or other enhanced features in a subscription, you have, upgrade to a better version. You can save significant time, cut down on body aches and pains, and restore both your sanity and confidence when you invest in the right equipment – and yourself!
Take Action on Hated Tasks
Is there one task or business activity above all others that is crushing you? Making you procrastinate?
If you find yourself hating one-on-one client work, consider hiring practitioners to do it for you, or creating a pre-recorded online course instead. If bookkeeping is your bugbear, get a scanner that can organize your receipts. This way, you can throw away the paper and have everything digital organized. If you spend far too many hours writing articles for your blog, outsource it to a competent ghostwriter or copywriter.
The one thing you should NOT do is keep hiding from that task!
If you have a habit of putting off unwelcome but necessary tasks until they snowball out of control, put them into your schedule and get them done first every day. It’s ok to put tasks on your calendar, just like you make your appointments. This way, you have already fitted the tasks in your day.
If so, this is a sure sign you should delegate the tasks. Anything that takes a lot of time to complete because you hate it or your skills are not quite there. Stop wasting time and delegate. Yes, this is an investment, but look at the time and money you have spent trying to save money. Is it worth it?
Retrain your Brain
Our brains are like worn bicycle paths: They develop grooves so deep from the constant worry that it’s hard to climb out of these grooves – and so easy to slip into them.
What you need is a way to re-hardwire your brain.
“How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to?” –Tony Robbins
“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” –Epictetus
“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” –Christopher Columbus
Know Your Learning Style
If you work with your dominant learning style instead of against it, you will cut down on stress. That’s just a well-established fact. But first, you need to identify what your best learning style might be! If you’re an auditory learner, you like audiobooks better than reading. You’d rather listen to a podcast than watch a video. On the other hand, if you’re a visual learner, you choose the video without hesitation, and you love diagrams, infographics, color-coding, and charts.
If you are a tactile (kinesthetic) learner, you learn by doing – by touch. Yours is a hands-on approach, and all the instructions in the world won’t help you (written or diagrammatic). But if you’re a textual learner, you would much instead read that book than watch a webinar. You probably have a beautifully-crafted Master Business Manual, and you love to document systems and procedures – particularly if you’re also left-brain dominant. Honor your unique learning style and don’t waste time (or stress yourself out) by trying to work in a manner that doesn’t feel natural. This is a surprisingly easy way to reduce stress!
Get Out of Your Seat Regularly
Don’t spend all day at your desk. Get up at least once every hour and move around. Walk around the garden. Get your circulation moving and take some deep breaths. It will wake you up mentally and break you out of tunnel-vision stress.
Stress is a fear-based phenomenon. It grows when we focus on our fears and dissipates when we notice all the things we have to be grateful for and blessed.
Try starting, first thing when you wake, by thinking of at least three things you are grateful for that morning. Do the same thing at night. Even if you’re going through a rough patch, you will most likely find you can think of more reasons for gratitude than just three. When you reconnect with life’s blessings, stress loses much of its power.
Stress is inevitable, but it is also a choice. You can choose whether or not you want to be reactive, ever at its beck and call. Put these strategies into practice and minimize your stress.