Is it possible to do everything that needs to get done and still have energy left over after work? How do you keep cool under so many demands?
The average business professional has 30 to 100 projects on their plate. Modern workers are interrupted seven times an hour and distracted up to 2.1 hours a day. This may be why more than 40% of adults say they lie awake at night plagued by the stressful events of the day. Here are some ways to eliminate stress:
Take A Deep Breath
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or are coming out of a tense meeting and need to clear your head, a few minutes of deep breathing will restore balance. Simply inhale for five seconds, hold and exhale in equal counts through the nose.
Most of us are bombarded during the day. Emails, phone calls, pop ins, instant messages and sudden, urgent deadlines conspire to make workers more distracted than ever. While you may not have control over the interrupters, you can control your response. There are ways in which you can control interruptions; let your phone go to voicemail, turn off your social medias, close your door while working or put in some headphones.
Eat Right And Sleep Well
Eating badly and not sleeping well will stress your system. According to the CDC, an estimated 60 million Americans do not get sufficient sleep, which is a critical recovery period for the body.
With competing deadlines and fast-changing priorities, it’s critical to define what’s truly important and why. That requires clarity. It’s important to understand your role in the organization, the company’s strategic priorities, and your personal goals and strengths. Cull your to-do list by focusing on those projects that will have the most impact and are best aligned with your goals.
Reset The Panic Button
For those who become panic-y and short of breath before a presentation, you can quickly reduce your anxiety with the right acupressure point. Positioning your thumb on the side of your middle finger and applying pressure instantly helps regulate your blood pressure.
Eliminating stress isn’t always easy but there are ways to prevent it. The less stressed you are the more enjoyable the workplace can be.