When somebody asks you how you are, is the first thing that springs to mind as a reply “STRESSED!”? Well, you’re not alone. With so many tasks and responsibilities in daily life, being stressed is something we all experience. Even worse, however, is the fact that we tend to put up with it, and think it has to be that way.
Now, we’re not saying there are any quick fixes to a stress-free life. But there are absolutely ways to make your life less stressful. Here are a few ideas you might want to consider.
Delegate things others can help with
Delegating tasks, jobs and responsibilities goes for both at work and home. Sure, it is very adult of you to take everything on alone. However, it is even more mature to be able to see that everyone needs help sometimes. At work, if you have an assistant, or if your department has a general assistant, use them! Don’t feel guilty; it is there job to help you out. As long as you are always friendly with your requests, and fair in the amount of time you give them, there is no problem. What about interns? If your company has a couple of eager young things sat around doing nothing, put them to work. They are there to gain experience, and will likely be grateful that you saved them from the boredom!
Meanwhile, at home, how about hiring someone to help with the tasks you never get time to do or hate doing? Even somebody coming in once a week to do a few piles of ironing could really take the pressure off you. Or go all out and do your research into house cleaning services.
Live a craftier life
There is a very good reason why a lot of counselors working with use arts and crafts in the work. It is because getting crafty, creative and artistic is a fantastic stress buster. For starters, by concentrating your mind on something else, you are distracted. You also get to make something with your very own hands and watch it materialize right in front of you. It can also be a fantastic way of working out your feelings. So, set up an easel and teach yourself to paint. Join a local choir and sing your heart out once a week. If you’ve always fancied treading the boards, be brave and sign up to a local amateur dramatics society. However you choose to express yourself creatively, you will reap the benefits via the lowering of your stress levels.
Find time for time off
Taking time off might sound like a terrible idea. It might make you think “but when I get back, I’ll just have even more to do!”. That might be true, but what is important is that you will have recharged your batteries. You will have new-found energy when you end your time off. It might be that you book a weekend away. Or, it might just be that you take a night off for a hot bath and a movie. Whatever it is, destress yourself for an easier and more manageable next few days.