Ongoing stress, or a traumatic event can create a feeling of anxiety, when your mind will not slow down, and you are filled with worry and fear. High anxiety can cause interrupted sleep and possibly lead to depression. In North America, some studies report that at least 1 in 5 adults suffer from either anxiety or depression, or both, and the lost health care costs and lost revenue due to stress-related absenteeism is staggering! I will not quote numbers here because they vary according to different methods of collecting data. Suffice to say, it’s a big problem in our society. Children also can develop anxiety due to school and peer pressures.
- Are you still awake at 2 a.m. thinking about work? “I have so much to do… I hope I don’t forget to call ___,” etc., etc.
- Try planning your day the day or night before! At the end of each work day, fire up the daytimer (electronic or paper) and prioritize everything you wish to accomplish the next day, both business and personal. Assign appropriate time, get it all scheduled and let it go. No need to fret in the wee hours! Don’t wait until morning to schedule your day… you may find you have wasted too much time before you “get around to it” and that creates stress as you race against the clock.
- Get organized! A cluttered mind produces a cluttered environment. Get rid of clutter and chaos and not only will you feel more in control because you are calmer, you will actually be much more productive! I currently offer an online course for getting your workplace organized. Click here to check it out!
- I have already talked about this in previous tips, but it is so important to give your brain a break several times per day. Get up, stand up and walk around, stretch. At least 2 times per day, go to that quiet place for 10 minutes, eyes closed and imagine yourself in a peaceful tranquil place and let your mind go there. Don’t forget to take 3 deep breaths to begin with to release tension in the neck and shoulders! (Refer to Brain Health Tip #4)
- Give yourself a few seconds of silence before responding to a stressful situation to collect your thoughts and avoid saying something that will escalate stress. (Tip #8 will address conflict resolution.)
- Also in Tip #4 and is beneficial here too – don’t forget to laugh. It’s a great stress reliever.
- A good cry can release stress too, in the right setting (not in front of your boss please!) Just be sure not to stay there too long. Wipe your tears, take a couple of deep breaths, and carry on!
- Brainwave Optimization® is an excellent tool for deep relaxation of the brain. Most of my clients have some sort of stress or anxiety and have reported much benefit from it. Click here to schedule a complimentary 15-minute phone call if you would like more information.