Fighting Stress 101: Your Guide to Dealing with Constant Stress
Are you feeling stressed? Of course that’s not your fault, but it seriously affects your wellbeing. I mean, wouldn’t it be nice to just let it go? To feel relaxed and secure again and to just enjoy yourself – both at work and at home?
To help you achieve that, I’ve created “Fighting Stress 101”, an article series to help you to effectively deal with stress and to make you feel better and more relaxed.
The 10-Step Article Series for Stress Reduction
1. Practice time-outs.
When you are feeling really stressed during your workday, at the time of highest pressure, take a time-out. Simply take a break of half an hour. At first, this is scary and feels counter-intuitive but trust me, this one technique can help you a lot and will actually allow you to get more work done during the day.
There’s one thing in particular I recommend to do during your time-out. To learn what that thing is, take a look at the following article:
How to Get Yourself Unstuck – The Simple Way
2. Don’t take a day off — take a free day instead.
Even more counter-intuitive but also often even more effective:
Sometimes, the Most Productive Thing We Can Do Is …
3. Maximise the effectiveness of your breaks.
Breaks are not only important in extreme circumstances. Throughout your work life, taking breaks is very important and can reduce your overall stress level a great deal – if you are taking breaks in the right way:
Take Breaks the Right Way
4. Create a productive, stress-free work environment.
Having your workplace set up smartly can also reduce your feeling of stress at work. Here’s how to do it:
The 7 Immutable Laws of Workspace Efficiency
5. Drop projects.
One of the most effective ways to release stress is to drop projects. My Emergency Blueprint guides you through the process and includes a worksheet to help you to find a project that you can get rid off.
Emergency BluePrint: Relieve Stress Now and Get Productive
6. Cut your news-reading time.
Does it stress you to keep up with the news? This activity not only takes up a lot of time, but can also cause additional stress because many newspapers focus on negative events. Here’s how to reduce your news-catching-up time by up to 90%:
The Minimalist’s Guide to Catching the News
7. Get rid of your TV.
For many people, watching TV is the primary way to deal with stress. But frankly, it’s not the best one. If you’re spending a lot of time in front of the TV, you should read the following article:
Is Your TV Holding You Hostage?
8. Boost your energy level.
In times of high pressure, you need to take extra care of your energy. That’s why I’ve collected eight power-boosters that will help you to keep your energy level high and your stress level low:
8 Power Boosters to Keep Your Energy Level High
9. Fight your fear of failure.
One of the top causes of stress is our fear of failure. We’re scared that something will go wrong and our world will collapse. But you need to realise that failure really isn’t that bad. It’s just a part of life. Once you’re clear about that and you’ve learned how to deal with failure, your fear of it will also decrease. And so will your stress level.
To get you started, here come 11 tips for dealing with failure:
11 Dos and Don’ts When Dealing With Failure
10. Make big changes in your life.
Sometimes, our source of stress lies very deep: you might be unhappy with the way your life has developed over the last couple of years. In this case, you should ask yourself three important questions to determine whether some big changes in your life might be in order:
Three Questions that Answer Everything
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