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Increase Your Business, Decrease Your Stress
As a business owner or a busy professional, your work life is likely busy beyond belief. You always have more to do than available time to do it in, and you’re constantly worried about what’s not going well and how you can fix it. You want less stress and more achievement in your life, but it’s a struggle. Here are a few ways to lessen the struggle so you can relax and hit the ground running as you achieve your goals.

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Focus on Your Mind
As you’re working through how to handle your busy life, don’t forget to prioritize your mental health and well-being. One of the best ways to do that is to cope with stress and anxiety so you can be completely present in every situation instead of using half your mind to worry about the major problem at work that only you can solve. Meditation and yoga can help you do this by bringing together your mind, body, and spirit. Learning deep-breathing exercises is effective for reducing stress as well, particularly when it comes to work-related stress. Although we all experience stress in the workplace, sometimes it becomes too much to bear, especially when if we have a fight with our boss or are dealing with a round of layoffs. Such stressors can cause health problems or lead to an addiction, so it’s important to manage stress before it becomes overwhelming. Anything that positively relieves stress can be seen as a benefit.

Health and Exercise
Focusing on your physical health is also very important to reducing your stress and maximizing your performance at work. You have to build a healthy, sustainable lifestyle or you will quickly burn out, which will be no good for you or those dependent on you. The two key drivers of this are nutrition and exercise. Remember that food is fuel, and you must put the best in your body if you want it to perform well. You should also build an exercise routine that works for you. This doesn’t have to be elaborate, but it does need to be consistent to have the intended effect. Good sleep is another key component of your physical health - your body needs regular rest to perform at its best.

List and Prioritize
If you feel overwhelmed by everything you have to do, start by prioritizing your goals. Write down everything you need to do and then rank them from most important to least important - the things you have to do first should be at the top of the list. As you accomplish each task, you can move on to the next; your list is basically functioning as an agenda for your day. If your list is long, don’t focus on how much is on it. Just do the next thing on the list, one at a time. This will keep you focused on one task instead of worrying about something much farther down the list. You will likely be surprised when you realize how much you have accomplished at the end of the week.

Write it Down
If you are having trouble getting your mind off your work even while you’re with your family at home, one effective technique can be to write everything down. You can write out the problem you’re thinking about, potential solutions and other notes that come to mind. Getting everything out of your mind and onto paper will give your brain a chance to relax and come back to the problem later.

Following these basic tips will get you started reducing stress and achieving your goals in the workplace. You will have the best success if you can find someone to focus on these things with you, especially if it’s an advisor or coach who can help you along. Turn your attention to less stress, and you’ll find more success.

Guest Article written by Julie Morris
Life and Career Coach
http://www.juliemorris.org

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