Our world is simply spinning too fast! Most of us are trying to walk a straight line (or keep our lives straight), but instead, we are hanging on to life’s treadmill! A little stress is a good thing- it can enhance your productivity. However, too much stress can create or worsen physical and emotional problems. Try to manage your stress levels through a healthy lifestyle and simple tension-reducing activities.
Try these twelve tips. Hopefully, you will be able to balance your busy schedule a little better:
1. Develop a positive attitude.
2. Exercise regularly; aim for 30 minutes every day.
3. Eat right. Protein-containing foods and those that contain Vitamins A, B, and C protect us from stress.
4. Manage time efficiently.
5. Warn your family when you are feeling especially tense; if they are causing the pressure, it will help them to understand how you are feeling and hopefully calm things down.
6. Talk things out; don’t hold feelings in.
7. Understand that every crisis gives you an occasion to grow and learn.
8. Get sufficient sleep.
9. Have a support network of people you can count on for help, at home and/or work.
10. Stretch away tension; there are stretching exercises that can even be done at your desk.
11. Give yourself a break – time alone to calm down, even 20-30 minutes, may be enough to help you focus on taking the proper time to concentrate on tasks at hand.
12. Relax……take three or four deep breaths and loosen all of your muscles as much as possible.
Life is too short to spend worrying about things you can’t control. Much of the tension in our lives is self-created. We have many responsibilities, both to our families and our employers. But if we make ourselves sick because of not taking care of ourselves, both emotionally and physically, we are going to not only let them down, but ourselves, as well.
Enjoy every day that you wake up and have events in your life that keep you busy and focused. As the saying goes, “Stop and smell the roses!” Life will be much sweeter when you do!