Running one’s own business can be stressful. No fixed salary, constant promotional efforts and sometimes the isolation of being on one’s PC all day can be a strain. Here are a few ideas to implement each day before the stress builds up
Remember it is much easier to nip something in the bud then to deal with stress after it flowers into physical symptoms or a bad mood. If you get into a funk sometimes it can last for days and it’s often hard to break free of it. When you can “catch” the negative moment beginning you have a great shot at stopping it from taking you down. I’ve found these helpful for myself as well as my clients:
1. If you feel a certain “mood” beginning (i.e. depression, anger, discouragement) try to do something physical such as go running, swim, or even clean. It’s good to do something that will tune up your nervous and glandular system . Even if you don’t “feel” like doing this, you will feel better after you do.
2. There are two breathing exercises from yoga that are very helpful to cultivate a neutral mind. One is called “Alternate nostril breathing” and the other is called “Breath of Fire”. You can learn these from a yoga class or video or feel free to e-mail me.
3. Identify and write down the mental tape loops that you finding yourself repeating. By knowing what these are you can watch it instead of take it as your own identity. The more you “see” the dramas the less you react from within them.
4. Keep a notebook of inspiring anecdotes, quotes and tips. This helps to boost one’s spirit and also to feel connected with others that have dealt with similar feelings.
Recommended Books on How to Reduce Stress:
- YOU: Stress Less: The Owner’s Manual for Regaining Balance in Your Life
- Stress Management: A Comprehensive Guide to Wellness
- How To Reduce Workplace Conflict And Stress: How Leaders And Their Employees Can Protect Their Sanity And Productivity From Tension And Turf Wars
- The Stress Less Workbook: Simple Strategies to Relieve Pressure, Manage Commitments, and Minimize Conflicts (Guilford Self-Help Workbook Series)
- 10 Simple Solutions to Stress: How to Tame Tension and Start Enjoying Your Life (The New Harbinger Ten Simple Solutions Series)
- Getting More Done: 10 Steps for Outperforming Busy People
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