3 Steps To Killing Stress Before It Kills You First

ID-100310122No matter who you are or what your profession is, we all have a certain amount of stress. Of course there is “good stress” and then there’s bad stress, aka the kind that erodes your ability to think clearly and live happily. The thing is that the stress spectrum looks different for each individual and everyone has their own way of dealing with it.

So how do you find your way of dealing with it?

1. Recognize The Stress

If there is one takeaway here, it’s that you have to recognize stress within yourself. That’s key. People have different signals that they project when they are feeling stressed out. Maybe they are overeating, acting out or start doing something totally out of their character. Those are a few small indicators that they are under pressure and it is time to find a release.

As I mentioned above, we all deal with stress differently and react to it differently but you won’t find a release until you recognize it first. It’s like the 12-step program for stress management; the first step is admitting you have a problem and then you move on to deal with it. This allows you to work towards doing something about it and finding a solution.

2. Deal With It

You know you’ve got a stress problem, so how do you deal with it? The next thing is to figure out what you can personally do about it, what works for you and what will make you happy.

Here’s a few ways people deal with stress that I know of:

Exercise

When I start to get stressed out, one of my first solutions is getting in my exercise routine. Unfortunately this can sometimes add to the stress for some people simply because they have to find the time to make it happen. The lack of time is a common source of stress for entrepreneurs but you have to realize that making time for exercise will make you more productive. This can be a vicious circle, which leads me to my next point.

Don’t get me wrong, some people become even more worked up when they realize they have to exercise and that it might take them away from what they are creating and then it creates a vicious circle.  Which leads me to my next point.

Give Yourself Permission

You have to give yourself permission to take the time off to do something for yourself. This is essential to creating a more balanced life. Once you have worked on allowing yourself to get away from what is causing you stress, you can find an outlet and work towards making it a habit.

Meditate

If stress is causing you to worry, over-work and over-indulge, consider meditation as a possible solution. The research has shown time and time again that meditation can ease anxiety and mental stress. If you aren’t meditating yet, it’s well worth integrating into your daily routine to help manage stress and it’s as simple as typing “meditation” into YouTube to get thousands of different options to help you get into it.

3. Commit & Create Time Regularly

Once you have gone through the process of deciding how you want to deal with your stress and decompress, you must commit and create the time to do it regularly.

Piling more and more work on to yourself will inevitably cause you to burn out. Imagine someone who really doesn’t take care of his or her body. This person eats junk food, doesn’t exercise and works from dawn until dusk. Eventually their body retaliates and then they decide to go to the doctor and say, “Fix me.”

Stress works exactly the same way, if you keep ignoring little warning signs there won’t be anything anyone can do about it when the final straw is drawn. Take it upon yourself to do what’s right by your body and mind because that’s ultimately what’s most important to run your business.

Create Habits The Help, Not Hinder

At the end of the day, it’s all about creating a habit. There are so many programs and systems that can really help you with dealing with stress but what will help you in the long run is getting better at building the habits that help, not hinder your life and business.

There’s a lot of talk on how long it takes to build a habit. Personally, I don’t know if it takes 5, 10, 21 or 100 days to make it happen but what I do know is that the only thing that matters is making the decision to do it. Like any habit you’ve created before, it starts by doing it when it feels unnatural until eventually you don’t have to think about it.

Figure out what’s best for you and your business and create the time to make it happen. Always know that you will have stress, it’s just a matter of finding the time to deal with it.

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