Stress Eating Up Your Time and Energy? 3 Timely Tips

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Stress may be a fact of life, BUT you can do something about it!

Stress not only drains your energy, it also slows you down. AND it keeps you from enjoying the life you are working hard to create.

So, I want to help you to step away from the stress and worries that can so easily pile up in everyday life.

This isn’t about stepping into denial or about letting go of things that are truly important. No,  it’s about taking small, simple steps to address your stress where it starts, rather than letting it grow and get out of control.

3 Stress Tips to Reclaim Your Time and Energy

1. Ask for help.

If you’re constantly running on empty, your mind, body, and spirit will suffer the repercussions. There’s no shame in asking for a helping hand.

  • If your mounting responsibilities are barely allowing you the necessary time to eat and sleep, you may have too much on your plate. Streamline your responsibilities by delegating what you can.
  • Many people are delighted to be asked and will be more than willing to help you.

2. Set aside time for yourself.

What do you enjoy doing? Knitting, relaxing in a bubble bath, drawing, watching cooking shows or reruns of the Golden Girls?

  • Carve out a few hours each weekend to do something you enjoy. Choose at least one weeknight to relax after work. Making sure that you reserve and follow-through on this time helps relieve the day’s stresses AND builds self-trust.
  • Refrain from feeling selfish for taking time for yourself. The two hours you take now to de-stress will save you from going into overdrive later.

3. Socialize.

Making time for connecting with friends and family is a vital aspect of managing your stress levels. Friends and family make you laugh and offer grounding perspective. This alone will deplete your stress levels exponentially.

  • Consciously set aside time to spend with extended family and friends. The actual content of that time will depend on who you’re planning to be with. Be sure, though, to put this in your calendar and then follow through.
  • If you decide that you want to do something like host a lunch or dinner with friends, avoid fretting about the details. This will counteract your efforts to de-stress. Have a simple plan to make sure the time is relaxing and enjoyable for everyone – including YOU.

Stress is part of life, but it doesn’t have to be debilitating. Quite often there’s a simple fix that will help you lessen your stress levels, increase the energy you’re able to access, and find more satisfaction in your moments.

So here’s to your de-stressing efforts, as you increase your time skills and become your own time expert this year!

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