It happens to all of us: we get busy, have, seemingly, a million tasks piled on our plate, and stress kicks in to make things even worse. Busy periods in our lives don’t always have to be like this!
Take a look at some of the ways you can manage your time in order to reduce your stress levels, even when it feels like you’re being pulled in a bunch of different directions:
Prioritize your tasks – it’s important to make sure that tasks that require the most immediate attention get taken care of first, as they otherwise tend to quickly get worse over time. If you’re having trouble prioritizing, take care of the task that gives you the most anxiety.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help – it’s common practice to take the weight of the world on our shoulders because we don’t want to inconvenience anyone else. If that weight is too much to bear, however, ask for a helping hand, and you may be surprised at the response.
Say ‘no’ when you need to – you may be looked upon as the person who’s always down to go out, or able to lend a hand, but sometimes it’s in your best interest to say ‘no’, as hard as that may be. If you’re already feeling overwhelmed, try your hardest not to take more onto your plate.
Take care of yourself – though your time may seem completely booked, have some time to yourself is vital to stress management. Whether it’s a 10-minute meditation or a moment to read your favorite book, this time to rejuvenate can make a world of difference in your mindset.
Don’t pass up on meals – running on an empty stomach is ultimately going to reduce your stress and make decision-making more difficult and cumbersome. Make sure to squeeze your meals in or even just a snack to keep your morale up and your system running.
Time and stress management are two important factors we work on here at Simple Heart Health. If you’re having trouble with either of these aspects of your life, don’t be afraid to contact us and set up a meeting to see if we’re a good fit for you.