The busy, hectic lives we lead are often the cause of all the stress we feel on a daily basis. We’re all guilty of putting too much pressure on ourselves, whether that’s with looming, unrealistic deadlines, an overbearing personal life that is causing nothing but trouble, or even crippling financial worries that keep us up at night.
For many, simply taking a step back from everything and putting your own needs first for a change, seems to work. For others, getting out into nature, like a national park, a woodland walk or a calming visit to a quiet beach. Some even go as far as transforming their own outdoor spaces into places of peace and tranquillity. To do this you could buy privacy trees from The Tree Center and install a water feature or two. But for others, it’s just not as simple as that.
In this article, you’re going to read ways you can edit your life and change certain habits in order to help eliminate the stress you’re feeling. Although if things are getting too much and you’re feeling overwhelmed on a regular basis, then you should always ask for help. Whether that is a friend, a family member, a colleague or a medical professional – you should never suffer or struggle in silence.
A positive step is to pinpoint your stress activators. This could be a person, a particular task or a combination of events or tasks that cluster together to ruin your day. Writing these down and identifying them individually is the first step to eliminating them. From that list, see which ones can be eliminated and begin to remove them from your life. For those a little more difficult to remove – try to find a way to make them seem less stressful.
Rushing and waiting on other people is a huge stress trigger. So instead of rushing through your life, try to slow down and enjoy the moment you’re in. Don’t rush your dinner, enjoy the company you’re in and never allow anyone to push you into your next task. Go by your own clock, and this will save you a ton of stress.
Eliminate those irritating commitments
Having a busy hectic life and often so many people in it, means that we find ourselves trying to keep everyone happy. Whether it’s the kids or our partners, work colleagues or even our own parents, religious commitments, clubs or meetings, hobbies or other work you have in the pipeline. Take a look at them and decide which ones you can live without. How much value to you get out of them? Edit them. Brutally.
Organise, organise, organise!
You have a deadline, but you can’t find a particular email. Nightmare. Being organised will save you a ton of stress, will help you run your day smoothly and make life easier. So, keep your desk and your inbox as clear as possible. Put things into folders, colour code if you have to!