Getting Over Stress

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Stress is a killer they say, but they also say Big Macs, smoking and old age will kill you too. One thing’s for sure, becoming stressful is never a nice feeling. I’ve worked for l arge corporations over the years and like to do a good job, which I’m sure many people can relate to, and because of that I’ve taken on more than I can chew and probably at times my bosses have given me more than I can chew, because of that.

Not only have I had to manage my own stress in the workplace, but working my way up the ladder and managing people, I’ve had to help my staff manage their stress levels too. I have, as many people will do, asked for help in the past with stress and received some awful advice from my bosses such as, “you need to learn when to say no”, “you need to learn to manage upwards”, or “you need to learn to organise your workload more effectively”. It sounds like great advice, but when you’ve become stressed, the last thing you need is another task, and that’s exactly what that type of advice is; another task.

The problem with becoming stressed however, is quite a simple process. Stress is a physical reaction to an overloaded mind. I’ll repeat that again, because it is the most important sentence in this muse – Stress is a physical reaction to an overloaded mind. So, what do I mean by that? Well, consider the last time you became stressed, and I can guarantee you that you became stressed as a result of one of two things:

1. You had too much on your plate (metaphorically speaking), or;
2. You were worried about something that may/may not happen in future

In the first example, what tends to happen is that you begin with one task. Now, in considering this first task, it’s probably a big task, one which you think will take up a lot of your time. Next, comes another task and so on until you have too much on your plate, and you start to think you can’t achieve everything. The result is that you become stressed.

In the second example, you begin to worry. Worry about something which is going to occur (it could be getting married, it could be money related), and you are not sure of the outcome, but you think the outcome will likely be negative. The result is that you become stressed.

Now, I’m sure you can relate to one of these situations, if not both and I’m wondering if you can see a common factor in here – that’s right, you’re thinking.

Stress, is a physical reaction to an overloaded mind – or in other words, your thinking is causing the stress. Now, what if you could reduce your thinking a little, wouldn’t this lead to a reduction in stress. Having been there, this piece of advice on its own sounds as good “you need to learn when to say no”, so you’ll be pleased to know I can go one better than that.

Part 1 of this is about to deliver one method, a tried and tested method by me, which I’ve used over the years. Next time you feel that you’re becoming stressed, here’s a step-by-step guide (print this out if you like):

1. You need to follow this to the letter
2. Remove yourself from that place, if that’s your seat, then take a walk to a quite place now, somewhere that no-one else can bother you for a few minutes. Take a paper and pen with you – this is important
3. When you’re there, close your eyes for a few seconds and take 5 big deep breaths in (hold for 3 seconds each) and then breath out again
4. Now, write down you top 3 priorities. If you’ve got more than three, write the rest of them at the bottom of the page.
5. Of each of these 3 priorities, pick out the 3 things that are critical to their success for each of the 3
6. Now, take a big deep breath in again, breath out and go back to work

This will work to reduce your stress, and bring you back to a more productive place. There are other methods linked closer to hypnotherapy which I will discuss in future posts, but this is one that has worked for me for many years and something I’ve shared with my staff to help them, so it will work for you now.
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