Article written by guest blogger Julie Morris
Whether you own a small business or have an important role in someone else’s, professionals have one thing in common: massive amounts of daily stress. Any business is unpredictable, and thus those who work in business have to navigate an ever-changing landscape that’s full of uncertainty at every turn. Achieving your goals and finding increased success is impossible without first learning how to manage that stress. Here’s what you can do right now.
Outsource Some of Your Daily Stressors
One surefire way to reduce the stress of any given responsibility is to have someone else do it for you. Not only does not having to do the task reduce stress, but knowing that it is done or currently being taken care by of by a capable individual will help you relax as well. It’s the basic, day-to-day stuff that you likely need help with. For example, you may want to hire someone to help clean your house, mow your lawn, or even walk your dog.
Make a Task and Goals List
A to-do list jostling around in your head can often cause stress. Those same tasks written out is less stressful — it’s really that simple. There’s something about writing things down that centers you and makes your seemingly never-ending list of responsibilities feel more manageable. Entrepreneur says you can bust even more stress by ranking your tasks on that list — prioritizing what you need to do first, second, and so on.
Take a Nap
No, seriously. Just take a nap — they’re not just for kids and hungover college students. As a busy professional, one solid stress-relief tip is to take breaks (more than you think you should). And some of those breaks can certainly involve a brief snooze. According to the Mayo Clinic, naps can provide the following benefits: relaxation, reduced fatigue, increased alertness, improved mood, improved performance (including quicker reaction time), and better memory
Unplug at Home
Whether you are running your own business or trying to get ahead in your professional career, it’s tough to separate your work life from your home life. Between the internet, email notifications, iPhones, and every other piece of connected tech we all currently have, any time can be work time. However, that’s a problem for your stress levels. Learn how to unplug at home. Don’t answer emails during your personal time. Leave your laptop out of your bedroom. Apartment Therapy suggests putting all of your work-related items in a hidden, out-of-sight location as soon as you get home if you want to truly disconnect.
Spend Some Time Mastering Your Budget
Whether it’s your small business or your personal spending, there’s nothing more stressful than not truly knowing where your money is going and how quickly it’s going there. Taking the time (and it may just take a few hours) to truly master your budget can reduce your stress.
First, track all of your spending for one whole month and put everything into categories. Forbes suggests you take a three-category approach to cut spending. Find three areas where you overspend and work to rehabilitate those weak points first. Check out some budgeting hacks before you get started. It may seem daunting at first, but it’s easy if you know some tricks.
Stress is good in small quantities. It’s what keeps you sharp and on your toes. It’s what drives you to be better — to attain your long-term goals. But excess business-related stress can be a nightmare. It can ravage your health and actually make you unmotivated and unable to perform. That’s why it’s vital you take the time to do these simple things to reduce your day-to-day stress.
Julie Morris is a life and career coach. She thrives on helping others live their best lives. It’s easy for her to relate to clients who feel run over by life because she’s been there. After years in a successful (but unfulfilling) career in finance, Julie busted out of the corner office that had become her prison. Today, she is fulfilled by helping busy professionals like her past self get the clarity they need in order to live inspired lives that fill more than just their bank accounts. When Julie isn’t working with clients, she enjoys writing and is currently working on her first book. She also loves spending time outdoors and getting lost in a good book. Visit her site at juliemorris.org