Less Stress = More Success: Advice for Busy Professionals
How do you structure your days?
Do you let your stress guide you, putting out one fire after another until you collapse every night, then rise the next morning just to throw together another day? If you feel like you’re on the run all the time, your stress can eat away at your ability to be successful.
Here are ways you can lower those stress levels so you can better achieve your goals.
You first. Self-care is a must-have to be successful. After all, you’re on a career path, right? You might think in order to earn all you’re dreaming of, you need to be hard at work every moment until you retire. The truth is to be the most productive and effective, you need to tend your personal needs ahead of everything else. A well-formulated self-care regimen improves self-esteem, enhances energy levels and boosts your immune system. And, of course, it lowers your stress levels. Self-care might not be what you think it is, either. It’s not the occasional little extravagance that makes you feel good like a great pedicure or an expensive meal out. PsychCentral explains your self-care program should be part of your everyday choices including proper nutrition, sufficient sleep, and exercise. By setting aside as little as 15 minutes every day for your self-care, you can be more efficient, energized, focused and healthier.
Prioritize tasks. Chances are you have a never-ending to-do list. That goes hand-in-hand with being a hard-working professional. Experts cited by Forbes point out that list isn’t going away any time soon, so instead of getting bogged down in every detail that pops up, slow down, review your workload, and tackle your biggest business issues first. Do an honest evaluation of how you’re spending your days. The big picture might be better built on more important uses of your time and energy. You might need to delegate more effectively, passing those jobs on to others, or it might behoove you to take advantage of well-chosen apps designed to help you streamline.
Favorite to-do list tip: number your list 1, 2, 3…and so on. Start with task #1 and don’t move to the next until you’ve completed the list in order! This way you won’t get distracted by the easy tasks first.
Stay grateful. Really, you could slip gratitude into your self-care plan, but it’s a strong enough aspect of achieving success it deserves its own mention. Being grateful helps to frame your perspective. It’s a reminder of where you came from and how you got where you are now. As Inc. points out, expressing your gratitude helps you remain positive, feel happier, be more productive and feel less stressed. Do some things outside of yourself routinely such as volunteering or mentoring and let people know you appreciate them. You’ll find you feel better about yourself, your achievements and the world around you.
If stress is running your life, it’s time to take a step back. Make sure you’re tending your needs first, have your priorities in order and aren’t complicating things unnecessarily.
Appreciate all you have. With a reframed perspective and reduced stress levels, you can be more successful in reaching your goals.