6 Tips to Bring You AWAY from Stress and closer to Designing YOUR Life!
Okay, it’s flu season and I don’t want you to catch the flu bug either. I can’t help you decide whether to get the flu shot or not. But, I can help you learn how to handle your stress level.
Recently, many of my clients have been stressing over just about everything! Not to be crude, but, People, it is called LIFE! What matters is how we deal with everyday life.
Maybe things seem to be coming down on you all at once, building up your anxiety level and you feel like you just can’t get a hold of your emotions, situations or your schedule. And you’re tired – tired of being stressed, tired of being pulled in what feels like a million different directions and you just want a break!
Let’s break it all down in small chunks and deal with it appropriately:
- If it’s something that really needs to be faced and dealt with NOW, then deal with it. Don’t put it off. Do what has to be done and then move on. Don’t let it linger – it will just brew and then it won’t be good for anyone.
- If it’s something you have NO control over, let it go. Be realistic, do you have control over it or NOT? If you do have control over some small pieces, then do what you can – and again, LET IT GO.
- If it’s your schedule, activities and/or events that are stressing you, take the time to schedule everything – ALL meetings, parties, shopping (for the holidays), school events, networking events, business activities, EVERYTHING in your calendar. I’ve found the best way is to plan backwards. I put the event in my calendar, and then plan when and what I need to have ready for that event. This gets it out of your head, you feel like you have it organized and there’s no stress.
- What about things that come up and throw off your schedule? Again, deal with them. Look at them and say to yourself:
- do I NEED to do this?
- what does this mean for everyone involved?
- do I need to attend this?
Really analyze each thing that shows up and ask if it’s really right for you. Will this business activity get you further in your business and/or career or is it something you can pass on? If it’s something you really feel you should attend, then look at the rest of your schedule and see if there’s something there that you can eliminate, thus relieving some stress.
For example, I had a client ask me to attend a meeting with him, the problem was, at a time that I had something else scheduled. I thought about the meeting and the other event. I decided that I should attend the meeting with the client, it’s in his best interest and thus in my best interest. I rescheduled the other event that was on my calendar to the next week.
5. Look at your calendar on Sunday for the upcoming week. See what you have scheduled. If it’s overwhelming you, then something needs to go. Either reschedule it or eliminate it all together. For what’s left, be sure you have everything prepared that you need. Then review your calendar every evening for the next day, and be sure you haven’t forgotten anything you may need.
6. Delegate. I know that can be a scary word, but necessary. If there are things that YOU don’t need to be doing or things that someone else can do for you, ask them. There’s a saying: “If you don’t ask, the answer is always NO.” Give others the opportunity to help.
The last thing we all need is additional stress in our lives. We all have a certain amount, what makes the difference is how we deal with it. You are one person and in control of YOU. Would you rather be living with calm, peace and harmony or chaos, upheaval and discord?
I’d love to hear your de-stressing ideas or thoughts on the ones I’ve provided. Please leave me comments below.