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.

How Can You Make A Stress Management Program Work?

Everyone I have ever met has complained at some point, that they are feeling stressed out.  In fact, stress is the great equalise.  It cuts across race, religion, social class, age, gender, sexuality, occupation etc.  The great and the good as well as newborn babies, teen, the elderly etc all get stressed. 

The only differences between all these people (newborn excepted!) is really what they do about it. 

This is not rocket science.  Nonetheless so many people think that just because the answer to stress is relaxation, it takes no effort.  It does.  Stress management programs only work if you work at them. 

So here are some top tips to ensure you give yourself the best chance of succeeding at a stress management program. 

Buy into the program

Literally.  It has been shown time and again that everyone likes free stuff but no-one values it.  If you are going to make an effort to follow a stress management program, you have to buy into it, literally.  Find that will cost you what you consider to be an attention grabbing amount.  That way you will be far more likely to follow it.

Tell you friends and family what you are doing

This is the “naming and shaming” idea!  Without help, support, and a “loss of face” downside, most programs fail.  That is why Weight Watchers and Slimming World are so successful.  And crucially – public weighing spurs participants to succeed because they do not want to be seen to fail.  The same is true of stress management programs.  If you do not want to explain why it failed, (and why you could not be bothered to make it work), you will make it work.

Do a stress management course when you are not stress maxed out!

This sounds tough!  But as no-one is at their best when they are stressed, it does not make sense to take new stuff on at this time.  You are too busy lurching from crisis to crisis, simply fire-fighting.  So, try to anticipate when you will next have a high stress time, and schedule your stress management course in the period just before it.  That way you will be able to put your new skills and tools to work right when you need them most!

For more information about stress reduction techniques, download the free ebook from this site!  (Prove me wrong about people not valuing free stuff!)  And if I’ve left your favourite tip off this list, please comment below!