Stress is an emotional or physical feeling of tension. If it lasts for a longer period of time it can harm your health, leading to many chronic diseases. Stress can result from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry or nervous. Stress is also an outcome of overthinking Working day and night for long hours to withstand your business in a competitive and dynamic environment would put a lot of stress on you. Till certain level stress is fine but above that, it makes a big difference to one’s overall well being.
Here are the best ways to manage your stress there are:-
- Prioritize your task
One of the main causes of stress in business is because of having so many things to work on, but you cannot complete every little bit of each task. Make a list of things that you need to complete. Then rank them from highest to the lowest, that is the most important work should be ranked first and the least prioritize task should be ranked last in your to-do list. As you finish each task you can move on to the other one. Try not to get stressed by seeing the number of tasks that you need to complete rather focus on what you are doing and on what next you have to work on. Try focusing on one task at a time.
- Take short breaks
Just like a machine would break down if constantly working without any intervals, in the same manner, if you are constantly thinking about your business even while sleeping, not getting anywhere and stressing about the problems. Then it will lead you to no! Where all you need is a short break. Stepping away from your work, say for 5 to 10 minutes and then start again you will yourself feel relieved and fresh. During the break do something that relaxes you like go for a walk, watch a funny video, sup a cup of coffee or tea etc, but don’t do anything related to the business at that time. You will be able to start with an energetic mind and would be able to complete the work in a better and efficient way.
- Get enough sleep
Just like a business meeting with the client is important in the same manner prioritize your sleep. Every person should have a sleep of at least 7 to 8 hours. If your closing time is 10:00 p.m. and you are working till 3 a.m. and then again rushing at 8 a.m. you will end up on an endless Hamster wheel of tiredness. Do find ways to delegate or eliminate your work. Use the extra time for sleeping, it is a necessity.
- Laugh a little
Smiling and laughing uplift your mood and also reduces stress, research has proven this. Laughing reduces the level of cortisol in your body thus enhancing your mood. Countless ways to get some laughter are:-
- Watching Stand up comedian artists performing.
- Watching movies or TV shows that make you laugh.
- Call a friend.
- Watch a funny video.
By doing so, you will reduce the weight of stress and can turn back to your work lighthearted.
- Find a hobby
You are not a robot that can work all the time. You need to create a balance between your personal and professional life. For doing so burning out of frustration and stress is very important. Find a hobby in which you are generally keen, interested and enjoy doing so. It can be painting, drawing, playing basketball, tennis, online games or anything else. To reduce the level of stress detach yourself from heavy business loads and do something which you relish to do.
These are top 5 worth trying stress-busting ways (find out more). Having a stress free and peaceful work life is very important.
By Vanshika Tandon