Combating Stress and Staying Productive—Is It Possible?
Stress is a word that’s all too familiar to the modern individual. It’s the feeling that anyone can relate to and understand. The effects of stress are also a familiar feeling for most people: headaches, shoulder and back tension, fatigue, brain fog, hypertension—so on and so forth.
Most people would recommend taking a long, relaxing vacation and disappearing off the face of the earth for a while. However, in real life, not everyone can afford to jet off to Cancun or the Maldives for an escape.
In real life, you have to get up each day, look stress in the face and walk past it. You have to show up to work, fulfill your obligations and do a good job at it, too.
So how can you beat stress but stay on top of your game?
As adults who work jobs or are engaged in domestic labor, stress is a part of everyday life. It can hinder your productivity and ability to get things done efficiently and effectively.
How do you then navigate through this debilitating feeling and move ahead?
Process and Recognize Stress and Stressors
Learn to recognize signs of stress and things that trigger it. Everyone has different things that stress them out, and their bodies and minds process them differently. Do you feel like your shoulders are tensing up at the name of a certain client?
It’s important to give yourself room to process what you’re feeling tense and stressed about and need space away from.
Organize Using Lists, and Start with the Hardest, Most Important Tasks
Make a list of things you need to do. Do this either when you begin your day or the day before so you have a consolidated list of all the work that needs to be addressed before the day ends. These lists can help eliminate unnecessary tasks.
Check Things Off Your Lists
Often, we get so caught up in making lists that we don’t pay enough attention to crossing things off them. This creates more stress. So, as you accomplish tasks, cross them off and revel in the sense of accomplishment. In fact, it’s tangible, visual proof of your progress.
Trust People Around You
You can’t do everything on your own, even if you’re a detail-oriented perfectionist. You need to rely on coworkers, team members, employees, managers and even friends and family. If there’s work to be designated, then share it to make things more manageable. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help.
Practice Mindfulness and Stress Relief
Mindfulness is a game-changer. Often, stress comes from thinking about what hasn’t even occurred yet; mindfulness brings you back to the now and helps you process feelings. Meditate, work out or take on a hobby—anything, really, that will help you manage your stress.
Wellness speaker Steve Rizzo shares this powerful tidbit of wisdom:
“Challenges and stress are a part of life. My point is that you can experience unease, sadness and pain at times and still be happy overall. Your overall happiness is determined by what you choose to focus on the most in the world from day to day. That’s the key.”
You can contact Steve Rizzo’s team to hire him as a corporate motivational speaker for your next event!