In this day and age, people are more stressed than ever, because there are so many activities to cram into a single day that causes us to become overwhelmed.
You probably have a 9 to 5 corporate job, commute time, a significant other, children, a household to maintain, and the list goes on…
No wonder so many of us are dealing with stress-related illnesses such as high blood pressure.
If you feel that your work-life balance is teetering on the edge; isn't it time to make changes to reduce or eliminate overwhelm?
Here are 9 tips for dealing with overwhelm that you can begin applying immediately…
Tip 1: Take One Small Step At A Time
It is impossible to remove all your stress with just one flick of a wrist, and we can safely say that your mind is not equipped or prepared to handle the effort of getting rid of your problems in one go.
If you are planning to apply stress management in your career, then you need to keep in mind to take it slow. Don't rush the process of self-improvement if you want to benefit from it. Start first by determining the source of your stress and jot them down so you can take care of them one-by-one.
Instead of always venting your stress and frustrations to your co-workers, you might want to take a short break from your tasks and take some time off to relax a little bit. Get some fresh air to help you calm down.
Tip 2: Know Your Limits
Even if you think that you can do everything in one sitting, you might want to reconsider if you want to properly implement your stress management into your life. Keep in mind that our body has its own limits, even if our mind can cope with the demands.
You need to realize that your mind is linked with your body and both can break down if you're not careful. If you think that you are getting stressed with work, then it’s a fine time to take a break and relax.
Do some easy breathing exercises to help you calm down or you can try simple meditation to push worrisome thoughts out of your mind to improve your focus. You can close your eyes and think back to fun times that you’ve had with loved ones.
Tip 3: Take The Attitude That You Will Get It Done
Do what is most important first, even if you do not yet know how you will do it. Be curious about what you don't know how to do rather than worrying about it. You could always do some research on the Internet, ask a co-worker, reference existing manuals, get a coach, and so on.
Tip 4: Plan Your Day. Keep A Timetable
If you have a corporate job, there are deadlines to be met, commuting, household maintenance, possibly kids, and so on.
Yes, that’s a lot of things to do. So, split the load. Set a time for each task and pat yourself on the back when you finish each one.
Tip 5: Use Every Means Available
Make plans and act spontaneously. Make lists and do what needs to be done. Managing overwhelm means managing both direct and indirect ways of moving forward.
Tip 6: Be Realistic In Your Expectations
However linear or spontaneous, ground your choices in your real life and work experience. It doesn't make sense to simply ignore a deadline or to pretend that a complex piece of work can be done in 10 minutes. Don’t be so prideful as to not enlist the help of your co-workers. As corny as the old saying sounds, “Team Work Makes The Dream Work!”
Tip 7: Revise Your Commitments
Promises are not made to be broken, but some are made to be revised. Act promptly to revise commitments that you cannot or will not keep. This will allow you to maintain strong trust relationships and bonds with those that you work with.
Tip 8: First Things First
Take time for exercise, prayer, meditation, and simply "decompressing" no matter how busy you are. Doing these things first each day enlivens you and gives you the resilience and resourcefulness to do your best.
Tip 9: Pamper Yourself Once In A While
We can safely say that a workaholic or a busy body will not have any free time to indulge in pampering as a stress-reliever. If you are one of them then you better rethink your options if you don’t want your body to break down on you.
You might want to start pampering yourself occasionally to help you relax when the demands of work are starting to take their toll on you. Start your pampering session by getting a massage to help loosen those tight muscles that cause aches and pains to appear in different parts of your body. Feel free to enjoy the services of a health and fitness spa near you to make your career more bearable.
Whether or not you own your own business, life is often overwhelmingly rich. We wish you joy in the dance as you move with order and disorder, discipline and insight, gracefully maintaining work-life balance.