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The Breath of Life

Stress can have long-term health effects, which is why it is such a crucial area. Anything taken in excess is bad for our health. In life, prevention is always better than cure, so I have outlined six steps to help you avoid becoming stressed.

You might function better with a little stress. The downside of stress, however, is that it can be physically as well as mentally harmful to your body. It is important to manage stress in order to avoid depression or anxiety. 

The following preventative measures are useful if you think you might be suffering from stress: 

Make a schedule, write it out.

Write it down, get it out of your head and on paper so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Task management will become much easier with the things-to-do list. It helps anyone manage activities by breaking them down into chunks and setting a specific schedule. After completing an activity, crossing it off is very rewarding and may make you more relaxed when tackling the next one. 

Working one at a time

Concentrate on one task at a time and pay attention to it completely. The feeling of panic about the undone tasks and to-dos doesn’t help. By thinking about them, you only add unnecessary stress and could hinder your ability to accomplish the task you are trying to accomplish right now. Put your focus on one task at a time, whether that is time with your children or writing your next blog. Ensure that you schedule time for your most important tasks to maintain a sense of balance in your life.

Take your time and relax.

Try not to spend too much time and energy on activities that are not priorities at the moment. Therefore, your energy will not be easily expended on tasks that are not as important, at least at this time. You should also take some time to relax between work. Just two minutes of standing outside in the fresh air with your eyes closed will help you feel calmer and more alert. It is recommended that you stay away for a few minutes from your desk every few hours. It is important to take time for yourself so that you can come back stronger and more focused. In general, the longer you work without a break, the less effective you are.

You must delegate, delegate, delegate.

There is no need to do everything at once, as well as you need to do everything by yourself. Make it a habit to ask for assistance or to pay for assistance. Whenever you feel overwhelmed, hire someone to assist you with your assignment. By delegating tasks, it is likely that the feeling of being pressed to complete something on time will be eliminated. It relieves unnecessary anxiety and worry. Moreover, it is easier to keep an eye on things rather than worrying yourself sick doing everything all at once. Delegating does not mean leaving someone to take care of things and forgetting about them, as if that person makes an error you may feel even more stressed. Ensure that you check on progress and inform them that if they have any questions, they should contact you.

Reward yourself.

You deserve it. Prior to moving on to the next task or activity, it is important to acknowledge your accomplishments, regardless of how large or small they may be. Consequently, it reduces stress and may even make you more satisfied when carrying out the next task. In addition, it is very easy to spend much of your time thinking about the future, imagining how wonderful life will be when you have accomplished your goal or task. However, most of the time when we reach our destination, there is no celebration since we are on to the next “thing to do.” 

By rewarding yourself (something that does not cost anything is the best reward!) you acknowledge where you are at and acknowledge that you have achieved another milestone. The taste of success is sweet when you reach your final destination.

Take a break 

You will be more productive if you have it. During your workday, you should take small breaks. You may wish to visit a nearby café, take a brisk walk, or do anything else that will distract your mind from work, at least for a short time. In order to refresh and recharge, this is necessary. As an alternative, you may close your eyes and visualize a peaceful landscape while remaining at your desk and working. By doing so, you are able to relieve your muscles and your mind of stress.

The best thing you can do if you want to avoid stress is to spend a full hour away from your desk. Many people find this difficult but it is really essential if you want to avoid stress. You may wish to invite a colleague to accompany you or spend the time in quiet contemplation. If you need to set Outlook to alert you when you need to take an hour’s break or set your cell phone alarm, then stop what you are doing, get up, and walk away. You will return with a greater sense of energy and creativity than when you left!

It is my hope that you have enjoyed reading these six steps and will choose one and use it today. In order to prevent or alleviate stress, the first step is to act.

It is always better to learn how to relax and avoid stress than it is to learn how to deal with overcoming it. A little of everything is good for us, but too much of anything is not, and it is always better to learn how to relax and avoid stress rather than deal with it. As a result, you will become healthier, happier, and more productive.

My individual viewpoints are presented above, some of which I am still learning to implement in my daily life. 

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