It’s a fast-paced world in which we live. We have alarms, timers, calendars, and deadlines that keep us jumping. Sometimes, we can get blinded by the barrage of outside influences. And that can lead to stress, which spills over to our relationships. Here are 5 ways to reduce stress, both at work and at home.
A Typical Day
What does your day look like? For me, I’m up at 5 am and working by 6 am. The first thing I do is grab a cup of coffee while I review emails and my to-do list so I can prioritize my day. As the rest of the office shows up by 7 am, my focus shifts to dealing with employee requests and personal issues. Then it shifts again at 8 am as clients start calling.
After another couple of cups of coffee, meetings get started. Those can last a few hours. And that could mean another cup of coffee. Or two.
I step away for a quick lunch around 11:30 am, and then, as the afternoon starts, it’s round two of employee issues and client projects. By 4:30 pm, I’m closing up and looking forward to heading home.
Only for it to start again tomorrow.
Stress Sneaks Up on Us
Even when everything is running like clockwork, stress still creeps in. It can show up in a number of ways:
- Being short-tempered with the team, family, and friends.
- Feeling like the hustle and bustle will never let up.
- Missing deadlines.
- Falling behind, which puts pressure on others to pick up after us.
- Headaches, back pain, and the other physical manifestations of stress.
A “normal” workday can transform from a set schedule to running around putting out fires. Unfortunately, most days don’t work out as planned; there’s always something that comes up. And of course, that’s just at the office. We also have our personal lives that play into everything that’s happening. It can be exhausting. No wonder we’re looking for ways to reduce stress!
The Consequences of Too Much Stress
The truth is that we can’t escape stress. Even good things can be stressful! But when you don’t manage stress, it can take a toll on relationships as well as your health.
Stress left unchecked can be quite detrimental. According to Mayo Clinic, some symptoms of too much stress include:
- sleep issues
- changes in eating patterns (either too much or not enough)
- social withdrawal
- stopping exercising
- excessive anger
- increased risk for alcohol, tobacco, or drug use.
Ways to Reduce Stress and Re-center
If what you’re doing isn’t working to keep your stress manageable, here are 5 ways to reduce stress in your life.
1. Stay Positive and Laugh
Laughter has been found to lower levels of stress hormones, reduce inflammation of the arteries, and increase “good” (HDL) cholesterol.
Every time you are physically active, whether you take a walk or play tennis, your body releases mood-boosting chemicals called endorphins. Exercising not only melts away stress, it also protects against heart disease by lowering your blood pressure, strengthening your heart muscle, and helping you maintain a healthy weight.
It’s impossible to escape stress when it follows you everywhere. Cut the cord. Avoid emails and TV news. Take time each day—even if it’s for just 10 or 15 minutes—to escape from the world.
4. Focus on Yourself
Find ways to take the edge off your stress. Simple things, such as a warm bath, listening to music, or spending time on a favorite hobby, can give you a much-needed break from the stressors in your life.
5. Outsource When Necessary
“If there’s some task that just thinking about it fills you with dread, then it’s probably worth considering whether you can afford to buy your way out of it,” said Elizabeth Dunn, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. Too many entrepreneurs take on everything themselves, when just letting go of one or two things could really help manage stress.
Don’t Let Marketing Be a Cause of Stress
Trying to solve today’s complex customer journey and generate real results from your marketing plan at the same time can be stressful and challenging. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath and remember #5 about outsourcing. Ink & Quill Communications is your marketing power partner. We create and implement the strategies that drive results. And that’s just one of the ways to reduce stress at work and home.
Contact us to schedule your free 10-minute consultation so we can help you regain more balance. We promise not to make it too stressful.