There are times you may have to take a break, reduce stress, and just “be happy”. They say that too much of anything is bad for the health. A little stress is actually good; it can actually help you function at your best. However, stress that seems a little too much could take a physical and mental toil on your body. It can contribute to depression and anxiety. Manage stress.
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Some more tips and advice on managing stress
Write it out; schedule it out.
You will find it a lot easier to manage when you write down everything that seems to be overwhelming. Write out “a things-to-do-list” of your goals, errands, etc. Don’t think that it is easy to retain in your head. On paper, you can get specific. You can write down the task and time to do them. A schedule like this can help you manage all the activities efficiently. Best of all, crossing out an activity that has already been accomplished is very rewarding and could actually help you feel more relaxed when doing the other tasks at hand.
One at a time works
Studies show that our brain can only focus on one particular task at a time. Multitasking is unnatural and not efficient. Your focus should be on one task at one time. Also, having too much to do at once could make you feel panicky about the task that are yet to be done. You can also become impatient and anxious. Your thought wavers often and you will find yourself progressively stressed out. Unnecessary stress could also hinder the accomplishment of tasks. You would also be interested to know that even multitasking with the use of screens is also damaging to the brain. We perform worse on attention and memory test (see source here).
Above image is a painting by Johannes Vermeer.
Relax and take it slow
Once you have prioritize your list of activities you should have a good idea of which task you should devote your energies to currently. Stick to that order and you will know when you can relax and take it slow. This will help you accomplish task on time and not expend your energy on the tasks that are not that important, at least for now.
Delegate, delegate, delegate
Have you heard it said you can’t do everything on your own or everything at once. We all need some help, every now and then to get things done (within a reasonable time, without being overwhelmed). It doesn’t make you look weak, that is just how things are being human. Ask for help, get help, or pay for help.
For example, when you are feeling overwhelmed, assess the situation and get help – if you are a student, study with a friend; if you are a homeowner, hire someone to mow the lawn; if you have children, get a sitter for your children. You will not feel pressed for time if you can delegated your tasks. It takes a load off unnecessary worry and anxiety. Moreover, it is easier checking up on how things are, than worrying yourself sick doing everything on your own, all at once.
Give yourself a reward
Why? You deserve it! Start acknowledging your accomplishments, no matter how big or small it is. You had put a lot of effort to get the task done on time. Life is much more enjoyable when you do it like that and you do look forward to accomplishing the next task in the list.
Give yourself a break
Yes, Pharell Williams agrees with this one. You need to take a break every now and then. You will find that you are more productive that way. A ten to fifteen minute break during your work is necessary. Go visit a café nearby, take a quick brisk walk, or do anything to put your mind off work, at least for a while. This is necessary to refresh and recharge. Believe it or not, you can also stay in your work and sit with your eyes closed as you visualize a peaceful landscape or a relaxing scene. This frees the stress from your muscles and your mind.
Relax and be cool! Doing so makes you healthier, happier, and a lot more productive.
“The mindful child: how to help your kid manage stress and become happier, kinder and more compassionate” by Susan Kaiser Greenland
“The Happines Trap: how to stop struggling and start living” by Russ Harris