10 Steps to Alleviating Stress
Are you Busy or Effective?
Patricia Pantazis Hunnybun
April 10, 2013
Pampered Pets & People LLC
The American culture is all about being in the pursuit of more. This creates more stress, more to keep organized and clean, more time taken away from things that really matter in life and that is yourself, relationships, pampering, relaxing and taking care of you so you are in the best condition to take care of your family, pets and others you love.
We are all busy, but are you one of those people who are effectively busy, or do you just run around from one thing to another, seemingly confused, stressed, lost and disorganized just to fit it all in.
The most successful people take their breaks and lunch breaks. This helps them to get refreshed and to be able to focus more upon returning and thereby being more productive and efficient.
Too often I hear from my family or clients that they have too much to do to take their breaks. This is counter-productive and many studies prove it. When you are stressed, tired, overwhelmed you actually lose the ability to focus, stay organized and be productive. It takes you longer to read through things, concentrate and come up with answers quickly and absorb information. Your brain is so busy trying to keep your stress under control and your other functions operating properly that the blood is not in the brain, it is everywhere else in your body. For example, if you skipped eating or are not drinking enough water, you are getting dehydrated, headaches, and your body is looking for more fuel so your brain is hard at work to maintain your body functions and move resources around to get you the fuel that you need. What is the better choice? Go for a walk, get some fresh air, drink some water and eat. Fuel your body the quick way so your brain can get back to helping you be clear and focused.
Finding time to take care of all the routine daily tasks, managing kids, pets and family, running errands, doing the grocery shopping, working at home to finish up projects to meet deadlines, filling the car up with gas all takes time and it’s toll on your stress levels. Sometimes it is alright to just let it be. Learn how to prioritize what is truly important to get done just for today and leave the rest. Again, it is more important to take some time for yourself to unwind distress and relax. If you are not at 100% for yourself first, then it takes away from being there for others. It is also okay to sometimes “just say no”. If you are being pulled in many directions, asked to do things for others, or stretching your time and energy to squeeze it all in and satisfy everyone else – you are hurting yourself. It is alright to say ‘no’ to others and say “yes” to your own peace of mind and managing your stress levels.
We all know that stress is one of the major contributors to many illness and chronic disease which does not require pills to get better; it requires taking care of yourself first and foremost and finding ways to manage your life. What is the point of over working yourself without pampering yourself if you are often stressed, angry, frustrated, overwhelmed or sick?
Steps to alleviate stress and workload:
- Just say no when you need a break
- Just say yes when you can do something relaxing and wonderful for yourself
- Don’t skip your breaks or lunch breaks
- Drink more water and eat healthy and regularly
- Ask for help from your family, kids, partners – it is okay
- Make a daily list of the most important things that need to be done and keep it under 5
- Once a week go do something relaxing and enjoyable for yourself
- Once a week take 1 hour out of your day or evening to call up family and friends you haven’t spoken to or seen in a while
- Get rest, it is alright to take a nap sometimes
- Socialize and engage with others. Some of the people in the world who live the longest have the best social connections with family and community and regularly get together and socialize with friends and family.