Stress and burnout are an inevitable part of being in our fast-paced, modern world.
Everyone feels stressed out at some point, but professionals and business owners tend to feel the heat the most due to the sheer amount of responsibility they have on their shoulders.
Those who work in the professional world or own their own business can easily become overwhelmed and overworked, which can lead to chronic stress and burnout.
Chronic stress is a serious physiological condition. Psychology Today reports that it can even damage the structure of your brain, which can make you prone to anxiety and mood disorders.
Obviously, chronic stress should be avoided, but how are you supposed to find time to de-stress if you’re already super busy?
Is stress management even a practical topic for busy professionals?
Luckily, there are a number of ways even busy professionals can reduce their stress.
1. Become Less Busy
In everyone’s life, there is at least one thing you can pay someone else to do for you.
If you find yourself constantly busy and without any time to relax, it is highly suggested that you find something in your life you can outsource.
This can include anything from paying a dog walker to walk Fido to hiring a housekeeper to hire someone to do yard work.
Outsourcing some of your daily chores can shorten your to-do list, which can, in turn, give you more time to relax and reduce your stress levels.
In fact, one study showed that those who spent money to increase the amount of free time they have by hiring others to do some of their chores were happier than those who simply spent their money on things.
USA Today even reported that those who spent their money to save time were on average 77 percent happier than those who did not.
If you have the extra cash, this is really something you should consider.
Similarly, think about how you can find ways to be less busy when you’re actually at work.
Is there equipment that can streamline any of your processes?
For example, if you run your own business, getting an all-in-one machine to ring up sales transactions, process all of your customers’ forms of payments, and print receipts is a great way to add some simplicity to your business, thereby cutting stress (not to mention, making you look more professional in front of your customers).
You can also decide to outsource your finance departments such as bookkeeping, financial analysis, tax help, and any of your financial services and needs.
You don’t have to get bogged down with your marketing tasks either. You can outsource your digital marketing and social media marketing to get more done with less stress.
Likewise, are you in need of an additional employee to help you run your day-to-day operations?
There are several options available that will save you money.
It will cost you money to bring on an additional team member, but by delegating some of your responsibilities, you’re making an investment in reducing your overall stress level.
2. Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Positive Outlook
Having a positive attitude can go a long way in reducing negative stress.
After all, the more harmful and negative you view events that are happening around you, the more likely they are to cause you stress.
We’ve all experienced an event that we absolutely blew out of proportion and lost way more sleep over than we should have.
Just think about something that happened in high school that seemed like a really big deal at the time.
Now, looking back on it, you can probably see that it really wasn’t as big of a deal as you thought.
This sense of perspective can really help you not sweat the small stuff and keep a positive outlook on life.
Plus, a positive outlook has a real, physical effect on how your body handles stress.
3. Take Care of Yourself
If you don’t get enough exercise or vitamins, you are more likely to be unable to cope with even simple problems, which can lead to stress.
Exercise, in particular, is a great way to relieve stress. You don’t have to run a marathon to feel the effects, either. A simple 30-minute walk is all you really need to feel the positive mood effects of exercise.
It is very common to feel stressed in our fast-paced world. There are so many things to do and so little time to get all of it done.
Luckily, there are many things you can do to decrease your overall stress levels, even if you don’t have very much time.
Try one or more of these practical stress management tips and see what it does for you and your stress levels.
Originally published on Ideas Plus Business