Whether your business is big or small, the stress is inevitable, but when being overwhelmed is proving to be a hindrance, here are some ways to deal with it.
1. Literally Sleep on It
When you are lying in bed in a fitful attempt to sleep with your mind loud with thoughts, take a deep breath and turn your brain off, in other words, stop thinking entirely.
Take deep breaths and think calming thoughts and if you find that difficult to achieve, go to sleep with the reassurance that when you wake up, you will know exactly what to do.
The goal here is not to lie to yourself; it is to stop rationalizing and overthinking.
This technique might sound a bit sketchy, but it is a proven one.
The logic behind this technique is that; when you stop trying so hard to look for a solution and sidestep from the confusion that you are currently feeling, the answer will be evident.
Sometimes what you are overthinking might not need to be a priority. Make sure to give yourself a break.
It is also vital to not doubt yourself, and when you wake up the next morning, you will be surprised to find how much lighter you feel. The solutions will come to you eventually, but to ruin today’s peace worrying about tomorrow is not worth the trouble. It is similar to how when you stop running after something, it comes to you, in other words, when your mind is peaceful, and your subconscious has the right instructions, the answer will be right in front of you.
Dr Raymonde Jean, director of sleep medicine and associate director of critical care at St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City, states “Sleep can definitely reduce levels of stress.”
2. Balanced Diet
It is a scientifically proven fact that what you eat affects not only your body but your mind and soul as well, so if greasy food is a part of your everyday diet, kindly cut back on the oil. Instead, eat whole foods and introduce more fibre into your diet, that is, vegetables and fruits.
Replace alcohol or other sweetened beverages and foods that contain refined sugars with healthier food such as, fruits and salads.
If you are a coffee addict, drink decaf or replace your daily dose of caffeine with an energizing smoothie or fruit juice.
A healthier diet results in reducing and bringing down your hormone levels including stress hormones.
Don’t rush into changing your everyday diet because as humans, we need time to adapt ourselves to a change, so to get used to your change in diet, introduce a little bit of it every day until eventually, your taste buds will get used to and so will you.
What is a better way to burn frustration and stress than exercise? We will let you answer that on your own.
Whenever we exercise, we burn calories, but aside from that, our body also releases endorphins that are peptide hormones similar to morphine. Do you see the link?
Exercise provides the brain, but also all of your stress-ridden tense muscles, with an abundant supply of oxygen and that, along with the endorphins that your body releases, will help to soothe you.
So, when you need to de-stress, you should turn to a quick ten to fifteen-minute workout. There are no mandatory exercises, go with whichever you know, or that makes you feel comfortable.
In addition to this, a study by Richard P. Dum, David J. Levinthal, and Peter L. Strick clearly states that there is a connection between the brain and the endocrine system that controls stress.
You can also try yoga and meditation, which are two other great ways through which you can de-stress, but know that even some simple stretching exercises that you know will suffice and do the trick.
If these physical exercises only make you feel tired and more stressed out (they shouldn’t), you can also try some breathing ones.
The inhale/exhale breathing exercise has proven to be the most successful. When you breathe in through your nose, imagine all the negative feelings and emotions within you gathering in one place and when you breathe out; imagine all these feelings leaving your body. The key is to think of your heart as having its brain, and thereby you can synchronize your mind and your heart.
For some people, reading means a raging headache, but for others, it is the one thing they do to relax.
We all have our own opinions when it comes down to anything, reading included.
However, it is a popular opinion, that reading makes people think less and focus more, which is why it might work for you too.
Reading for an hour or two every day or at night before going to bed can put your mind to rest and give you a break from the constant thinking that you do all day. One of the best things about reading is that it provides you with an escape and gives you an outlet to feel other emotions. More than just that, however, reading also lets you escape your reality and enter a whole different universe. This is one of the reasons book lovers generally give when asked why they love to read so much, even Bill Gates would agree!
Yes, you read that right! The co-founder of the infamous Microsoft, in an interview with The Seattle Times, reportedly said that he read an hour or two every day before bed no matter how late it was.
5. Turn to Your Hobby
It is safe to say we all have hobbies, do we not?
Research conducted at the University of California, Merced found that any activity that mentally stimulates a person such as reading or playing an instrument can considerably help reduce stress. Research from the National Library of Medicine found that any regular hobby or leisure activity helps in erasing negative feelings or thoughts in a person.
In other and shorter words, it does not matter what your hobby is, whether you like to paint in your free time or moments of stress or the opposite, neither does it matter when and how you do it, but that you do it.
Hence, in moments of stress, instead of freaking out and overthinking trying to find a solution, turn to what calms you down. You will be able to find a solution to whatever problem you are having much more easily. Sometimes the answer just doesn’t come to you if you work overtime, but rather when you take time off.
6. Take Advice
Sometimes the reason for stress is that you have the answers, but are not sure of them. When it comes to business, the pressure is inevitable because there is always work to do, isn’t there? Or that’s what it feels like, anyway.
Share your worries with others; listen to what they have to say instead of pondering on it on your own, sometimes other people’s perspective can broaden your own.
Here’s what some expert’s successful entrepreneurs have to say; YouTube CEO, Susan Wojcicki, thinks it’s imperative to take time off. Warren Buffet, a very successful investor in the world, turns to a ukulele in times of stress and Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, advises to stay positive and ignore the cynics because according to him, they instill negativity.
And on that note, spread positivity within you and around!