If you get very stressed throughout the day, there are quick and easy relaxation techniques to de-stress. Many of the mare easy to learn and to do, and they work quickly and effectively. The only tough part of the whole process is actually remembering to do them when you need to do them!When we stress, we tend to have “tunnel vision” in how we see things. It’s easy to lose focus on what’s really important – our lives outside of work, the things we can control, our friends and family – all those other things we remember and appreciate when life is easier.
It helps to remember that being stressed is only the result of a long chain of events. We just haven’t noticed what’s going on until we feel frustrated, cranky, angry or anxious. Taking the time to notice which things tend to stress you out – paying bills, dealing with suppliers, filling out order forms – may help you realise this feeling is normal for you. Remember to reward yourself with something you like to do once this stressful task is completed. A lot of people tend to feel stressed over things they can’t control, especially other people’s thoughts and behaviours. The only person you can control is yourself and your reaction to the universe, so getting irritated when someone is just being himself or herself is really an act of futility. Taking a step back, taking a deep breath and consciously relaxing your muscles can help as well.
Another good method of de-stressing is to detach yourself from the whole situation, whether that’s literally or mentally. Ask yourself how important the situation will be one week from now, one month from now or one year from now. Most times, the answer will be that it just isn’t important in the long run, and this realisation can help in maintaining distance. Running your own business is a very involving experience, and it’s easy to lose perspective about what’s important and what’s not.
Here are some other tips:
- Exercise on a regular basis. Anything that gets your heart moving and pumps out those endorphins will help.
- Watch what you eat. Eating nutritiously will help you feel more balanced and more resilient. Plus, if you feel healthy, it’s easier to handle stress.
- Learn how to relax. Do so through meditation, yoga, tai chi or some other technique. There are plenty of classes to help you get on your way
- Write or talk about your stress. Sometimes just getting it out of your head can be a big help.
- Go for a short walk outside. Notice flowers, trees, clouds, smells and sounds.
- Finally, try to recognise when, or if you need professional help. Sometimes self-help is not enough. If you’ve been through all the tried-and-tested methods of stress management but they’re not helping, look for a therapist or psychologist trained in these issues.