Manufacture Your Day by MANAGING YOUR STRESS EFFECTIVELY
The demands in our fast paced world are more, more, more, faster, faster, faster,
and longer, longer, longer.
There is only so much you can do and I care about YOU!
Mental illnesses are on the increase because people need to take appropriate breaks, they have to take technology breaks, and they need work-life balance. Right now I feel that there is not enough awareness.
Symptoms of stress might be:
- Frequent headaches.
- Cold or sweaty hands and feet.
- Frequent heartburn, stomach pain, or nausea.
- Panic attacks.
- Excessive sleeping, or insomnia.
- Persistent difficulty concentrating.
- Obsessive or compulsive behaviors.
- Social withdrawal or isolation.
- Constant fatigue.
- Irritability and angry episodes.
- Significant weight gain or loss.
- Consistent feelings of being overwhelmed or overloaded.
If your car runs out of gas, you go to the gas station. Do you have a strategy on how to refill your energy?
If not, here are some effective stress management techniques:
- Exercise – it will relax your body and your mind
- Deep Breathing Exercises
- Be Mindful (be present) – avoid being on autopilot
- Relax Your Muscles – (stretching, massage, hot shower/bath, enough sleep)
- Take a Break – (Yoga, Qigong, Meditation, Read, Music)
- Going to a spa (also great for men)
- Stress Balls
- Spending time in nature
- Take a vacation or a short trip – change of scenery does wonders
- Spending quality time with pets
- Start a Stress Diary – find out your what triggers your stress
- Make an „Energy List“ – what gives you energy?
- Create fun experiences with your family and/or friends
- Have a good Social Network
- Going for a mindfulness walk by engaging your senses (what can you see, hear, feel?)
- Talk about things that consume you – don’t keep it inside
- Make Time for your Hobbies – if you have none, find some (sports, gardening, home projects, design work, dancing, painting, etc.)
- Constructive „Thought Management“ – learn to control your thought process
- Community Contribution
Life is too short for a routine of getting up, working long hours, eating and going to bed.
You have to help yourself first before you can help the people around you. Aren’t you happy that I am here to remind you?