3 Steps to Successful Stress Management

 

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You can cope with stress if you have the right tools. Image by africa

Previously I talked about “The Crippling Effect of Stress on Your Organs”. We discussed the negative physical effects caused by stress ranging from heart problems to multiple sclerosis (MS).

Managing stress is all about taking charge of your life and your attitude towards dealing with problems.

Today we are going to look at the 3 steps that will help you manage and even overcome stress so that you don’t have to worry about the damage that stress can do to your body.

Step 1: Identify Source of Stress

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The first step is successfully identifying the source of your stress.
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Let’s face it; identifying the source of stress in our lives is easier said than done. We can easily overlook our own negative behaviour such as stress-inducing thoughts and negative attitudes. Continue reading

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What If I Told You Stress Is a Choice? Backed by Science

What if stress was a choice?

In this day and age, I would argue that for most of us stress is a choice most of the time. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying it is a choice that is easy to make. Nor will many of us even know that and how they could choose differently. Stress, after all, is an automatic response of our body. Let me explain what I mean.

What is stress?

Stress is a physiological response of your body to react to a life or death situation. It is also often and very descriptively referred to as the “fight or flight” response.

Let’s say you are in a situation where your life is in imminent danger – a sabre-toothed tiger looking for a meal. What will happen is that your sympathetic nervous system kicks into action brewing up a biochemical cocktail to let your body know to get ready to either fight or flee. Your heart beat speeds up, your breathing becomes fast and shallow, and oxygen is being pumped into the muscles to get you ready. Other physical functions (digestion or repair) are not needed to get you out of that situation and so your body slows those functions down or stops them altogether. You don’t want to waste resources while your life needs saving. Continue reading

How to De-Stress & Get Smarter!

By Paul Nijar

The demands from our work and family lives are very high these days. As managers and spouses lean over our shoulders, we find it difficult to focus and to de-stress. Our lives are almost like marathon races where we always finish last. So how does one cope?

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8 Productivity Hacks to Reduce Stress

Staying productive when life gets busy allows you to manage your to do list while keeping on top of your stress level. As a business owner, I understand how important it really is to stay productive without becoming overwhelmed by the many roles I play in my businesses.

By staying on top of your work plan and deadlines you can stay focused and avoid stress spikes when you become overwhelmed by your work or business.

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8 Productivity Hacks for entrepreneurs to avoid stress

1 – Be Proactive

Leaving things to the last minute is the worst thing you can do for your stress levels. Not only will you be feeling stressed but your standard of work will be of a lower quality.

Let’s face it we all have tasks we don’t love to do in our jobs and in our business but avoiding the inevitable is not the answer. Tackle these challenges head on to leave more time for the things you enjoy to do in your work. Continue reading