5 More Ways to Reduce Stress

November 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Mind, Personal N*Powerment, Self-care

Last week, I wrote about 5 ways to reduce stress and promised to add 5 more this week. And here they are:

1. Tackle tasks one room or project at a time. Even if you have the budget for a complete makeover, cleaning, clearing, remodeling and redecorating can be very time consuming and stressful projects. Try working on just one room or even one task at a time. My goal is to reorganize my entire closet, but I am going to start by simply reorganizing my handbags and then my shoes and so forth. Eventually, the entire closet will be reorganized. If it do it this way, it’ll get done. If I keep saying I want to reorganize the entire closet, it’ll never happen.

2. Leave some room for spontaneity. Make sure to leave time in your life every week to be spontaneous. Cutting things out of your life that are time wasters will also give you the energy to be spontaneous. Keep at least two weekends a month free from scheduled activities.

4. Highlight time wasters and cut them out. Instead of just making up another long ‘to do’ list so you can beat yourself up about all the things you didn’t and couldn’t possible have accomplished in one day. Make a realistic to do list or use my suggested Big Three. It will help you get your important things done.

5. Under promise and over deliver. This is very useful at work and at home. By selecting reasonable deadlines, you avoid the stress of crunch time. Use your time effectively and you will be able to finish ahead of schedule giving you satisfaction for a job well done and turned in early.

10. Define what life and work without stress would look like to you. Describe what your ideal schedule is, what leisure activities you want to do and who you want to spend time with. By creating a detailed image of what a stress free schedule looks like, you can begin to take the steps necessary to reducing the stress in your life.

Ok, so those are my top 10 stress busters. What are yours? Do you have any tried and true suggestions for reducing stress? Share them with us in the comment box below.

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5 Ways to Reduce Stress

November 20, 2011 by  
Filed under Personal N*Powerment, Self-care

We can’t eliminate stress from our lives. The only way to not have any stress at all is to be dead and I prefer the alternative. What we can do is reduce the amount of stress we experience by making a few simple changes to the way we do things. Here are 10 things you can do to bring down your stress level starting today.

1. Remove the word selfish from your vocabulary and replace it with self-care or “selfing”. In order for you to take care of the people you love you need to take care of yourself first. If you friends, family, loved ones look to you as a model, make sure to model self-care, taking time to relax, read, and do whatever makes you feel rejuvenated.

2. Give yourself time for delays and unexpected events. When mapping out your day, add an extra 20 minutes to an hour cushion to your schedule. This extra time will keep you stress free and running on time if some of your appointments are delayed, or if you run into someone you haven’t seen in a while, so you can enjoy a spontaneous conversation without the guilt of running behind schedule. This is extra hard for highly motivated people because we are always in a rush and want to be everywhere early or on time. Plan for delays by keeping a book with you or other simple tasks that you can do while you wait. This way you won’t feel that you are being unproductive, because the truth is feeling unproductive–like you could be doing something else–is what you really find most annoying about delays.

3. Balance out your commitments. A great way to cut down on a hectic schedule is to balance out all new activities by removing an old activity. Don’t add anything new, work, classes, or volunteer activities to your plate unless you first remove something from your schedule to balance it out. This will help you to let go of projects that no longer serve you.

4. Be like a two year old. Well, not exactly, but use the word “No” more often. No is not a bad word, in fact, not only is it a complete sentence, but it’s a great stress reducing word. There is no need to justify or explain when you say no to someone’s request. Just give them a friendly smile, thank them for including you, and tell them you can’t do it this time. If you are having trouble getting used to saying no right away, tell the person you need some time to think about it, then call them later and decline to be involved this time. I know, you want to do it all, but the truth is you can’t. Stop stressing yourself to be all things to all people. To give your best to the people and experiences that you are involved in you can’t overextend yourself and over-commit.

5. Maximize your commute and errands. If you have errands to run, combine them to one trip. Take note of all of the things you do in one area and plan to do all of those things on one day instead of making several separate trips. For example, I pick up my doggie’s food, the dry cleaning and the laundry in one trip because they are all in the same area. Order whatever you can online so you don’t waste time on buying bulk items in stores. Listen to audiobooks during your commute.

 

Try to implement these 5 tips this week. I’ll share 5 more next week!

What are some of your own tried and true stress-busting tips? Share them with us in the comment box below

Plan for the Expected–Strategy #2

On Monday, we were discussing meeting the week as though we know it’s coming and planning for the expected. I shared Strategy #1–schedule your events–write down wherever you need to be and whatever you need to do–And then show up or do it! Don’t put it on paper if you aren’t going to honor it. We need to be as vigilant about the commitments we make to ourselves as those we make to others. This simple strategy will help you do the things that you say you will do and remember the things you need to do. It’s also a nifty step that will prepare you for the next strategy.

Strategy #2:  Assemble your wardrobe for the week

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