manage stress, stress managementKeep stress from taking over your work and your life

The ability to manage stress effectively plays a very important role when you are trying to build your business. Let’s face it. Building a business from the ground up entails a lot of stress. There are a lot of hurdles that you need to go through before you can even launch your business. 

While stress may actually keep you going at times, it can also be one of your greatest enemies. Stress can impair your ability to make good decisions and manage risks – and this can lead to even more problems. To avoid such situations, you need to learn how you can manage stress effectively. How do you do it? Here are some suggestions that may help you keep it well under control:

Identify your main stressors 

Do you know what stresses you most? Does your problem stem from external factors or is it somehow related to your physical and/or emotional health? Think about it.    

Apply some stress management techniques

Once you have identified your main stressors, it is time to take some action. Practicing relaxation and stress management techniques such as deep breathing, meditation and guided imagery can be a good way to start. These techniques can help you manage stress in almost every situation imaginable and all you’ll ever need is a quiet place and a few minutes out of your busy schedule.   

Get moving

Aside from keeping you healthy, exercise also works wonders in managing stress and in boosting your morale. By doing some form of physical exercise, your body will release endorphins, the hormone responsible for fighting pain and stress. For best results, try to get a healthy mix of aerobic and strength building workouts for at least 20 minutes three times a week.

Plan your work accordingly

Have you noticed how every little task seem to take on a priority status as you build your business? Well, it can be quite overwhelming to say the least. To avoid running into such situations, you need to plan ahead of time and focus on the task at hand.

Take a break

It pays to take a break every once in a while. It can help you recharge your energy and invigorate your body. So, do what you enjoy most. Play with your kids, walk your dog, soak in a luxurious warm bath, go out with some friends, do yoga – do anything that can take your mind off your problems for a while. You’ll see how great it works!

Take care of your health

Stressful situations make you susceptible to eating unhealthy comfort foods which can ultimately be bad for your health. So, no matter how stressed you may be, don’t take your diet for granted. Keep your body healthy at all times and you can effectively keep stress under control.

Remember, while stress cannot be eliminated from our lives, we have the power to manage it. We only need to know how.

What do you do to keep stress from taking over your life? Please feel free to share it with us!