In times like these, it can be easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed. We can allow stress to take over our lives in ways that are crippling and will stunt our success. There are books, articles, and YouTube videos that rave about the nature of success and how the only thing stopping you from this success is your own motivation. Stress seems to be a powerful force that overworks us and then makes us shut down when the day is done. The truth is, you are either a stressed person or a successful one. What can you do to put yourself in the right category? There are so many stress management practices that can make you and your team more productive and therefore more successful.
The Sleep Situation
Sleep is a notorious problem for people who have a lot going on in their lives. After a whirlwind of a day, we lay in bed and our brain plays us a reminder of all the work that we need to get done the next day. So you try to relax and lay in bed. You see your phone light up with emails throughout the night reminding you that you will have to start over tomorrow and before you know it, your alarm is going off to wake you up from your unpeaceful slumber. This is the path that we all walk down, especially when working from home and becoming more accessible than ever before.
In the other corner, we lay in bed and in some freak of nature we get some sleep and then have some of the strangest dreams that put us in a weird mood for the rest of the day. There is one solution to both of these problems— leave your phone in your kitchen or bathroom. Do not look at your phone an hour before you need to go to sleep. If you use your phone for an alarm, put it somewhere out of reach. The stress that you are experiencing in your mind and induced further by the amount of screen time that you are exposed to formulates a negative cross contamination effect that causes both restlessness and strange dreams. Taking time a way from your screen will actually reduce stress. Step outside, go for a walk or run. Do some sort of activity that will keep your mind busy and your phone away.
Designate a Time and Space for Your Life
Though in the office we had an idea for our own schedule assuming it was consistent like a 9 to 5 schedule. Now that we are working from home, there seems to be a blurred line between work and home. Resting seems more difficult. A lot of us without home offices are forced to have dinner where we work. In order to better organize the confusion, designate a space that is not your usual relaxation place to get your work done. Even if you do not have a home office, find any spot whether it be outside or inside to claim as a work-only spot. Get creative and make sure that you can stay focused wherever you designate a space. Of course, being at home especially as a parent comes with additional responsibilities. Plan times in your day to spend with your family or even by yourself. Planned breaks can help reduce stress and give you something to look forward to after a stressful phone call. In the same way that you plan meetings with important people in your work life, plan times with the people in your home life. Since these two worlds are colliding, assuming you are a parent plan times to do both. If you are not a parent, plan times to stretch, step outside (within a safe distance), and grab a snack.
Wake Up Before Your House Does
Lately, it feels as if our head is continually spinning from the second you wake up. You quickly make your coffee, cook, eat, wrangle with your circumstances, and then do it all over again the next day. Put a hold on the monotony and stress with a morning cup of coffee. Wake up earlier and see the difference. Some prefer to read a book, and others prefer to go for a walk, but it does not matter what you do as long as you have a cup of coffee and some you time. I can almost guarantee you have a book in your house right now that you have not even thought about getting around to reading. There is always time to do everything you need and taking time to set the tone for the day is a direct determinant on how you will perform. So wake up an hour or two earlier tomorrow—however much time you want for yourself.
As you can see, every practice that exists for managing the stress of life and workload include taking care of yourself and your mind. Make an effort to practice self-care in these last few months of the year! Remember that prioritizing yourself is the same as prioritizing your goals! Do not forget that there is no shame in asking for help! milMedia is here for you! Our priority is to create a digital experience that shows the best of what you do! You do not have to learn the ins and outs of web design or social media marketing, let the experts do their best! Do not waste time learning how to grow your business online! Call today!