It’s that time of the year again! Teams are pushing to meet annual goals, companies are spending their budgets, and companies are trying to make up for lost time this year. Stress is upon us! Make sure you are at the top of your game, take care of your health and well-being.
Even if you’re subjected to high levels of stress, know that you can still take charge of your life with these 3 effective stress management strategies:
1. Identify your stressors.
When you pinpoint the source of your stress, you can develop effective strategies to manage it. Create a list of the situations/events, challenges or concerns that trigger stress for you. The next thing to do is determine whether your stress is caused by a situation, event or person.
Stressors can also be categorized as external or internal events. To make sure you identify the true source of your stress, take a closer look at your habits and routines. For instance, external stressors like deadlines might not really be the real source of your stress; the culprit could be your procrastination habit. When you identify the true source, you enable yourself to be more in control of the situation.
Keep a stress diary. Take time to jot down the regular stressors in your life and how you deal with them. Every time you feel stressed, write it down in your diary or use a stress tracker app. Having a daily log allows you to identify patterns and common themes. Record in your diary what triggered your stress (or make a guess if you’re not sure), how you felt (physically and emotionally), how you responded, and what you did to help yourself feel better.
2. Don’t let go of the basics.
At some point in your life, someone has probably told you or you have read about how important regular exercise, quality sleep and a healthy diet are in managing stress effectively. A healthy body is better at coping with stress, and exercise can relieve stress and improve your mood. The list of benefits goes on!
The challenge is making sure you eat right and get enough exercise/sleep in your busy and demanding day-to-day schedule. Here are some hacks you can try:
- Hydrate: Start your day right by drinking a glass of water when you wake up. Make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day by keeping a water bottle with you. You can also set alarms every few hours to remind yourself to drink some water.
- Make prep for the week ahead: This will save you so much time and stress! Knowing that you have all your meals prepared for the week eliminates the stress and time spent worrying about what you’ll eat for your next meal. There are plenty of healthy and delicious recipes for meal prepping online that you can freeze and reheat as well.
- Create a realistic schedule and stick to it: A schedule will help you manage your time better so you can allocate time for healthy lifestyle activities. Also, knowing what your day holds ahead of time can give you peace of mind in preparing for what you need to accomplish.
- Make sleep a priority: Getting enough sleep will give you enough energy and motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle despite being very busy with work. Feeling well-rested makes you feel ready for whatever comes your way!
3.Make self-care a priority.
Be kind to yourself by making self-care a priority. Cut yourself some slack, and see to it that you do things that make you happy.
Remember to make some time to relax, unwind, do your favorite hobby or be with your favorite people. These are not luxuries: They are essentials. All of these are important to achieve a well-balanced life and maintain a positive outlook.
Unplugging and resting heal the body, reduce stress, boost creativity/productivity and improve decision-making.
Wrap up this year without stress!
We don’t always see the way stress affects our lives until it’s too late and we’re consumed by it. Taking preventative measures and looking inward to identify what causes our stress and why can drastically improve our lives. All of us want to make our lives the best we can, and managing our stress is one way to do that.
If you liked this blog, keep an eye out for more like this in the next couple of months! And if you have any feedback for me on what’s helpful, shoot me a DM on LinkedIn.
In love and respect,