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  • feedwordpress 23:45:26 on 2018/06/11 Permalink
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    10 Simple Ways to Relieve Your Stress 

    Most of us feel frazzled on the job these days–from entry-level workers to CEOs to entrepreneurs. No matter where you work or what you do, there is always too much to do and not enough time. It’s hard to feel calm in such a stressful climate– so how do you combat stress so you can be your best?

    Here are some of the best stress busters I share with the leaders I coach:

    1. Track your stressors.

    A great way to begin relieving your stress is to track where it’s coming from. Keep a journal for a week or two to identify which situations create the most stress and how you react and respond to them. Keep an account of your thoughts and feelings, including the people and circumstances involved and how you responded. Knowing the sources of your frustrations and stresses lets you better understand how to eliminate or prevent them.

    2. Practice mindfulness.

    Meditation and deep breathing exercises can help melt away stress. Start by spending a few minutes each day in the simple activity of sitting still and concentrating on your breathing. Mindfulness helps you focus purposefully on a single activity without distraction, a practice that can calm you mentally and physically.

    3. Establish boundaries.

    These days it feels like we have to be available 24/7. That’s why it’s so important to establish boundaries. Some options to consider: not checking email from home in the evening, not answering the phone during dinner, not doing work on weekends. When you create rituals and establish boundaries, you establish calm.

    4. Learn to let things go.

    Don’t let something that’s long done and over with continue to bother you. A big part of managing stress is learning to turn loose of the things you cannot control–and that includes everything in the past. You can’t change the things that have happened, but you can control your attitude and how you deal with those things.

    5. Get moving.

    One of the best ways to reduce stress is to work it out. Being outdoors is especially beneficial, so hike or bike if you can. But any form of exercise, indoors or out, is good for you. Moving your body is a mood booster and produces endorphins that will leave you feeling more relaxed.

    6. Learn to say no.

    Stop trying to be a people-pleaser; simplify your life by learning to say no. The more you say no to unimportant things, the more time you have to say yes to the things you care about deeply.

    7. Have a good laugh.

    Studies have found that laughter can reduce stress and actually strengthens your immune system. Find something to laugh about.

    8. Focus on the positive.

    Positive thinking isn’t about expecting the best to happen every time–it’s about accepting what happens and making the best of it. Building positive rituals will help you keep negativity at bay.

    9. Learn not to take things personally.

    If you take everything personally, you’ll remain offended for the rest of your life. What other people do is usually a reflection of their own issues and doesn’t have anything to do with you.

    10. Take time to recharge.

    To avoid stress and burnout, everyone needs time to replenish, recharge and recuperate. The process of switching off from time to time is critical in a way that fits your needs and preferences. When possible, take time off to relax and unwind, so you can come back feeling reinvigorated and ready to perform at your best.

     


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    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 14:40:24 on 2018/06/10 Permalink
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    7 Daily Rituals Successful People Use to De-Stress and Stay Productive 

    Today most of us are expected to do more with less. We lead lives that are more demanding on every front–work, family, social, health–with little time left over to unwind. Stress affects our mental health, our well-being and our performance at work.

    But there are ways you can help yourself. Here are seven rituals successful people use to decrease stress and find relaxation.

    1. Set up your boundaries. In today’s frantic world it’s easy to feel pressure to be available 24 hours a day, but no reasonable person can maintain that as a way to live. The answer is to develop a work-life boundary ritual. Your boundary can take a lot of forms: It might mean never checking your phone after 8pm, not emailing after hours, not interrupting time you’ve set aside for family or friends.

    2. Claim your calm:  If you’re always running from one venture to another, one project to another, one call to another, one meeting to another, the word hectic is an understatement. The shallow, tense breathing we do when we’re rushing doesn’t make things any better. If you can claim even a few seconds–in the car, at your desk, between phone calls–for a simple attentive round deep inhaling and exhaling, it will help shut down the stress-induced or “fight or flight” response and guide you toward calm and relaxation.

    3. Engage in mindful meditation. With a bit more of a time investment, you can enjoy the physical and mental benefits of regular meditation. Those who meditate report that they experience more happiness, less anxiety, and greater feelings of connection and purpose. Some studies are even finding a connection to our ability to fight illness.

    4. Do less, be more. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that you’re wasting time if you aren’t actively doing something–or even multiple things. But as the adage says, first and foremost we are human beings, not human doings. Multitasking and overwork lead to anxiety, depression, and other difficulties. Guiding yourself toward a slower pace and some regular down time will leave you calmer, more relaxed, and happier.

    5.  Get up and move around. We weren’t built to spend entire days hunkered over a desk staring at a screen. Movement is something you need every day. It’s also one of the best ways to dissipate the energy of stress in your body. When you walk briskly or do other forms of exercise, your body releases neurotransmitters that lead to improved mood and a greater sense of well-being. Some research suggests that it may even improve blood circulation to the brain. Regular exercise–even a 15-minute walk while you’re thinking through a problem–brings a host of benefits.

    6. Sleep is a must. With so much to accomplish in a day, sleep seems like a logical place to cut back and give yourself more time. But a sleep deficit causes all kinds of negative effects in our bodies, from increased risk of a stroke or heart attack to weight gain. On the other hand, good sleep provides you with better emotional regulation, stronger immunity and more energy. Shut off the screens and create a restful place for yourself to recharge.

    7. Take control of your life. The essence of personal success is knowing what you need to accomplish your goals and making sure you get it. Unwind, destress, and switch off when you need to so you can come back refreshed and newly motivated.

    Remember, every day you have a choice. Make use of these seven simple rituals so you can reactivate your energy and motivation to do all the things you want to accomplish.

     


    N A T I O N A L   B E S T S E L L E R

    THE LEADERSHIP GAP

    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now

     


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    The post 7 Daily Rituals Successful People Use to De-Stress and Stay Productive appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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