I get it. You have a million things on your to do list. There are goals that haven’t yet been met, and only 24 hours in the day. When it seems like nearly everything in life needs simultaneous attention, how do you keep your wits about you and stay cool, calm, and collected?
If we’re not careful, stressful times can become the catalyst for bad habits. Excessive alcohol use, eating poorly, and staying up late are just a few signs of mismanaged stress. Stress can lead to many self sabotaging behaviors that can land you, not only further from your goal than you could imagine, but also with a string of bad habits and coping mechanisms.
When it feels like you’re burning the wick at both ends, here are some immediate steps you can take to relieve the pressure.
Take Excellent Care of Yourself. First things first. Check in with yourself to make sure that you are getting what you need to maintain good health. When you aren’t taking care of your physical, mental, and emotional well-being, everything suffers. If you’re not sure where to start, read 8 Self-Care Tips for Balance and Vitality.
Set Clear and Realistic Goals. This strategy is important for time management and prioritizing. When you’ve got a clear target, it’s easier to identify the static and distraction and push them into the background. This way you’re not spinning your wheels over things that won’t get you to your desired destination.
Know Who’s on Your Team (and who’s not). We humans, being the social creatures that we are, interact and work alongside other people on a near daily basis. Whether it’s clients, co-workers, bosses, or friends, these people can either take the pressure off of us, or pile it on. Show appreciation to those who are eager to see you reach your goals and be cautious of people who drain your energy.
We all know the implications of leading a stressful life. With all that we have piled on our plates, we need to do everything we can to mitigate the damage of stress. Self care, goal setting, and surrounding yourself with people who are on your side, can go a long way towards making life feel a lot easier.