Sometimes, it seems like your job is the most important thing in the world. This is especially true if you hold a high-responsibility position or own your own business.
However, this kind of dedication to work often leads to issues with chronic stress. Chronic stress can seriously harm your health, resulting in depression, heart disease, anxiety, a weakened immune system and high blood pressure. Managing stress will not only help your mind and body, but also it will give you the energy and motivation you need to hit new goals with your career.
1. Organize and Prioritize
Planning out your tasks for the day, week and the month will help you meet your goals with greater efficiency. Scheduling ensures you have the time for essential tasks and helps you avoid taking on more work than you can handle. MindTools recommends setting aside time at the beginning of each week or month to do your scheduling. Then, establish which tasks are high-priority or urgent and stick these at the top of your to-do list. As you add tasks to your schedule, try to delegate anything that you don't have the time to get to. Importantly, remember to schedule extra time to deal with unexpected issues, especially if your job is unpredictable.
2. Get Your Finances in Order
Tackling financial planning is a great way to reduce unnecessary stress and set yourself up for success. When you’re a business owner, budgeting and tracking your spending can help you use your money as efficiently as possible. Investopedia has some great ideas to help you get started, including the importance of cost-cutting and using the savings to capitalize on new business opportunities. It's also important to repair your credit by paying off debt as soon as possible. Having an appealing credit score will help you get approved for loans, lease office space, attract investors, and get lower interest rates.
3. Separate Your Work from Your Personal Life
Leaving your work at the office can be difficult if you're running your own business. However, it's important to set boundaries to give your mind and body the chance to recover from work stress. According to Inc., there are different ways you can set work-life boundaries depending on your own preferences. You could separate work from home life with segmented hours of the day, using a set routine for your work and personal time. Other people enjoy blending their work with personal time throughout the day, dedicating their full attention to one or the other as they see fit.
4. Find a Healthy Outlet for Work-Related Stress
Even if you do everything in your power to reduce your sources of job stress, you're still bound to experience it once in a while. When you do, be ready with healthy outlets. This will help you avoid negative coping strategies such as turning to drugs or alcohol. Regular exercise is a great way to burn off steam and reduce tension in the body. It even produces a euphoric effect in the mind and reduces levels of stress hormones in the body.
Additionally, picking up healthy hobbies or spending time with friends and family can give you an oxytocin boost, helping you feel less anxious and more confident.
5. Overcome Perfectionism
If you have high standards for yourself and tend to be highly critical of your own work, you are likely a perfectionist. Perfectionism can be a negative trait for busy professionals since it reduces productivity and leads to burnout. Although cliché, try to see failures as learning opportunities rather than reacting by feeling bad about yourself. Also, improve your work environment by treating yourself as you would a valued employee. One of the best ways to boost productivity in an office environment is to have flexible working arrangements and adequate time for breaks. So, you should try to adopt these same principles for your own work.
No one can work efficiently when they’re fixated on all the tasks they have to get done. Tackling the sources of your stress and being ready with healthy ways to cope will help you meet your business goals and pursue your new ideas. Stress management might just be the secret to success, so give it a try!
About the Author:
Julie Morris is a professional life and business coach who thrives on helping others live their best lives. You can read more from Julie on her blog.