Tips for Managing Stress


What are the signs of stress?

The symptoms of stress are many and varied, such as:

  • irritability
  • headaches
  • illness (particularly at weekends or during holidays)
  • insomnia
  • tiredness/lethargy
  • and many more….

Completely Avoiding Stress

For those of you who have heard my speeches you know that I believe the only true way to avoid stress completely is to die. Given this option, I will pick stress every time, thank you very much. The good news is there is only one source of stress. The bad news is that the source is you. We all face challenges and pressures in our lives; it is how we perceive and react to those that determine how much stress we feel. We can, however, take some simple steps toward controlling that stress.

 Diet & Exercise

We all know the value of exercise and diet in controlling our stress. A little exercise goes a long way toward putting life’s pressures in perspective. How often have you said, “Yes, I know that if I exercised I would feel better, but I do not have the time or energy”?  I know I often have. The reality is that exercise and healthy diet doesn’t cost time or energy, it makes time and energy. Where most of us make our mistake is we think of the gym or the athlete and long arduous workouts. This is not necessary. A short walk at a moderate pace does wonders. Even chores help; I was stuck on a challenge this week and a few minutes of shovelling snow was all that was required to bring me the answers I needed.

 A Change

A change of activity can do wonders. As I am starting a second business right now (thespeakingsommelier.com) I have been working longer than optimum hours this week. I was feeling the stress and loss of productivity that comes with increased hours; forty hours was selected for a reason. I spent the weekend working in my woodworking shop; I am now relaxed and energized. Remember recreation is re-creation; you need to re-create your energy and creativity frequently.

 Time and Organization

We never seem to have enough. We all have 168 hours in a week and some people accomplish great things while others seem to accomplish nothing. It is about using it wisely and targeting the lost time. It has been estimated that the average person loses several hours a week or hundreds of hours a year due to disorganization. “More than half of those surveyed said they lose nine work hours a week due to a lack of organization and 57 percent said they lose six work hours a week because of a lack of time due to disorganization. More than half of those surveyed said they lose nine work hours a week due to a lack of organization and 57 percent said they lose six work hours a week because of a lack of time due to disorganization.” 1 The study went on to point out that if you earn $50k/year that results in a loss of $11k/year due to lack of organization.

Let’s assume you are not that bad and that you only lose one hour a week or the equivalent of 12 minutes a day. That is 4.5 hours a month or around 44-50 hours a year depending on vacation. That is a bonus week a year if you can organize your time to save 12 minutes a day; and that can be easy to do. Like exercise and diet organization does not cost time or energy or create stress; it does the exact opposite.

Stay Tuned; There is More

I will continue with tips next week with some of my personal favourites that really help you take control of your life and obtain that personal brilliance you deserve.

 I would love to hear your tips. Please leave them below.

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