How Can You Start Reducing Stress Right Now?

Big businesses recognize the importance of stress relief for their workers and customers. In fact stress relief techniques and stress management programs are in increasingly high demand. But what can you do to cope with your stress right now? Here are a five quick stress busting tips you can use today to lower your stress:

Learn to Delegate

Delegation is an important part of managing workplace stress. If you insist on keeping all of your projects to yourself, then you will always be overloaded and stressed out. If there is no-one sufficiently qualified to do the projects, why not train up a junior?

Kill Perfectionism

If you always aim for “perfect”, you will never finish anything. Perfectionism leads to procrastination and your stress levels will soar as deadlines loom and everything is still on your to-do list. Aim for “good enough” in everything and your stress levels will reduce.

Don’t Make mountains Out of Molehills

If your colleagues constantly chattering at the nearby coffee machine disturbs you, or someone keeps coughing whenever you are on the phone your stress levels will rise quickly.  Work place stress becomes overwhelming very quickly if you get irritated about minor things. To reduce your stress levels simply have a quiet word with the appropriate person at the time the problem crops up. Do not let these irritations gather steam until you explode.

Keep a Stress Ball on your Desk

Stress balls are very affordable and effective stress relievers. Whenever you feel the pressure mounting simply reach for your squashy stress ball and start to squeeze it or roll your Chinese stress balls around the reflex points of your hand. Keeping stress balls on your desk means they will always be within reach when you need them.

Take A Break

Make sure you take your full vacation allowance every year. If you cannot afford too long away from your work, try scheduling a number of mini vacations. The whole world will not fall apart if you take some time to relax. Do something new. Being in a different environment will always lower your stress levels.

Remember to find something relaxing to do on your down time too. All of this will go a long way toward managing the stress in your life.  If you haven’t already done so, why not click on this link to download my free ebook on stress management techniques.

Coping with Stress – Top Tips

Stress, no matter where it comes from, is an ever-present reality.  There is no getting away from most of it, so just how can you learn to cope with stress?  Here are a few quick tips to get you started:

First, determine if this stress is something you can let go of.  Are you doing more than you need to?  Can you delegate part or all of the tasks on your to-do list to someone else?  Often we think that we’re the only one that can do a certain thing “properly” when in reality other people may be able to make as good as, or better job of it.  And once we let go, everyone is happier.  (Women are especially prone to unnecessarily stressing this way!)

Another thing you can do is learn to say “good enough is good enough.”  This is very hard to do especially if, like me, you are a self diagnosed perfectionist.  Perfectionism is a self-imposed super stressor.  Always do your best.  But realize you are very likely your own worst critic.  Lighten up.  After all, in a hundred years from now, who’ll care?

Now if the stress is related to relationships, a quick fix is to adjust your perspective – reframe your stress – stop seeing it as a problem. 

Let me explain.

It’s very easy to get bogged down in tiny irritations, especially if those irritations are those “special habits” that initially attracted us to our partner!  And as time goes on, we also stop bothering to communicate clearly with our partner.  Why not decide to have a gentle word when the problem crops up, instead of letting those irritations gather steam until you explode?

Another thing you can do to deal with stress is to know when to walk away and take a mini vacation.  The whole world will not fall apart if you just take the time to relax.  Honestly, it won’t!  Go for a walk.  Call a good friend – just get it off your chest and then decide to release it for good. 

Delegate work when you can.  And then take time to find something relaxing to do on your down time.  All of this will go a long way toward coping with stress in your life.