Everyone gets stressed out occasionally. Work, running a business, and life in general can be stressful. Deadlines, traffic, pollution, disagreements, and unhealthy relationships are today’s common sources of stress. The most common signs of stress include fatigue, insomnia, unexplained body aches, pounding heart, headache, chest pains, and weight gain or loss. Individuals succumb to different types and levels of stressors, and also have different ways of coping with it. However, here are the three non-negotiable aspects of dealing with stress.
A healthier body can better cope with stress. To resolve issues, you will need a focused and inspired mind. And to sustain focus, you’ll need a fit body. Healthy individuals are more resilient and have a more positive and optimistic view of things. Here are three of the most important factors to being healthy;
Eat healthy – Know your body’s needs and feed it well. Choose healthy, fresh, and nourishing food. Eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. Favor homecooked meals to fast-food fare. Stay away from anything processed, fatty, and sugary comfort foods. Limit meat intake. And eat the right amount of food at the right time – full breakfasts, moderate lunches, and light dinners.
Exercise regularly – Physical activities improve the mood, relax tense nerves and muscles, and keep the body in tip-top shape. Gym sessions are great, but there are many other opportunities to exercise, just choose a more active and healthy lifestyle. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, skip the cab and cycle to work, enrol in dancing or martial arts classes, take hikes, or swim regularly.
Sleep well – Prioritize sleep and rest. Your body needs its well-deserved rest after a long day of work. Some people need as much as eight to nine hours of sleep every day, while others are refreshed with just six to seven hours of snooze time. Make your sleep time as regular as possible, sleeping and waking up around the same time. Induce deep sleep with the right bedroom atmosphere – comfortable, clean, and quiet.
There is much more to life than work! Your business might mean a lot to you or could be your life work, but it is still not everything. There is life outside of work. Taking some time off work is like a restart to your system. Ease the constant build-up of pressure from work and business by taking regular breaks. It can be a couple of weeks in a year, a weekend in a month, a day in a week, or an hour a day. Here are some of the most relaxing and productive breaks you can indulge in;
Pursue your passion – Love painting, traveling, or dancing but don’t have time to pursue your passion? Time spent pursuing your passion or on things that you really love doing is never wasted. Doing things and activities that make you happy will also encourage creativity, relax the nerves and, release happy hormones that chase stress and anxiety away.
Spend time with people you love – Taking breaks will give you more opportunities to spend quality time with your family. Aiming for the work-life balance leads to a happy and rewarding life. Spending time with you could also mean the world to your loved ones. A happy life outside of work contributes to your dedication, drive, and positive attitude towards work
Get lazy – It is easy to get overwhelmed with work. When there are more things to do, our natural solution is to work longer hours, which is counterproductive. The longer we work, the more tired we are. And sustained tiredness will lead to disorientation, irritability, sickness, and mistakes. Taking short breaks to unplug, rest, and just be lazy will help clear your mind, find better solutions, and see things in a clearer perspective.
Delegation lets you minimize your workload without sacrificing productivity. The key to effective and successful delegation is finding the right people and matching them with the right jobs. The ‘right people’ means the hiring team members who have the natural talent, proficiency, and passion for their field of expertise. They must also fit in with the company’s culture. When you have the right people in your team, teamwork is achieved and productivity is doubled.
The art of delegation requires matching the right people with jobs, providing the essential training and tools, and letting them do their jobs. Delegating is not effective if you will still have to check on all their work or worry about it. Monitoring is fine, but the goal is to offload tasks off your table. The less you have to worry about, the less stressful your life is.
Delegating could also mean finding tools that will streamline your business processes and lighten your workload. The right business tools can automate your business procedures and facilitate delegation. Automate as much as you can. Take advantage of the latest and most innovative apps and platforms. Often, the conventional and familiar methods are picked just because it is what we are most comfortable with. However, investing some time learning new and more efficient systems will save us time, money, and worry.