Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Dealing with Stress

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Stress is everywhere. There is no way to get around it. Even if your job is stress free your life isn't. You have kids, spouses, significant others, parents and friends who all place demands on you. At the end of the day you need some time to recharge and think. Whether you indulge in a hobby, run around the neighborhood, or meditate you need to do something to relax you.

On an intellectual level most people understand this concept. On a practical level, it can be harder to achieve. There are ways to ensure that you get time for you but it will require effort, not only from you but from your friends and family.

The first thing to do is realize what helps you to relax. Don't confuse this with what other people tell you is relaxing. This is about you. If you dread doing something then it's not relaxing. This is something for you.

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Next plan out when you will do the activity.
If your relaxing activity is meditation then it may be best to do it right before bed, and after the kids are asleep. If it's running then maybe getting up an hour earlier may work for you. Not a morning person? Then try running at the gym after work may be an option. Once you decide when you will have your time then put it on your calendar. Resist the urge to overlook it and do chores instead. This is your time to recharge and it should be looked at with as much importance as any of the other meetings on your calendar.

You don't necessarily need a lot of time, but you do need some time. By scheduling it you can warn friends and family that you will be unavailable to them during this time. If you have small children then work with your spouse or other family to switch off when you have your time and they get theirs. If you don't think you have 30 minutes then take an honest look at your day and see where you can more efficiently organize to get you the time you need.

By taking the time to relax then you will have more energy and be able to mentally handle all of the things that daily life will throw at you.