Back to School Busy-ness: 5 Tips to Deal with Stress
By Guest Blogger, Erin Crotty, Founder & Director, BloomStra Consulting
September is always a busy month for people, both personally and professionally. Summer vacation is over, kids are back at school, and the momentum at work tends to speed up with everybody back at the office. As a business consultant and coach, I work with many clients who wish to create work-life balance but have challenges doing so given just how busy things can get, especially at this time of the year.
Being busy can certainly feel stressful. Often when we feel we have no extra time, we put ourselves on the bottom of the priority list. If we don’t take adequate care of ourselves so we are always on our “A Game’, we run the risk of not being able to take the best care of others – whether at home or in our business/at work.
Here are five tips to help you slow down, de-stress, and make sure YOU are number one on your priority list:
Create Your “Pitch-Pass-Passion” List
Look at what you do in a day. Do you need to do everything on that list, or can you delegate some of those tasks? On a piece of paper, create three columns; at the top of the first column write “Pitch”, on the second write “Pass” and on the third write “Passion” On a scale of 1 to 10 (with one being the lowest and 10 being the highest), rate each item on your list. Pitch anything on your list that falls within a 1-5, pass or delegate anything that falls within a 5-9, and focus on the ones that are your true passion at 10. Gaining clarity on what you are passionate about doing will help to free up time by allowing you focus on what you truly love, and enable you to prioritize what is truly important – with YOU being top of the list.
It’s easy when we’re busy to tell ourselves that we don’t have time to squeeze in a workout. Lies! I’m really good at telling myself this lie. Time is what we make of it. Get up earlier or work out over lunch. Create an exercise routine. Taking care of ourselves means taking care of our health. 30 minutes of exercise, even a few times a week will help keep you on track.
Eat for Your Health
Studies have proven that a healthy diet increases your energy and keeps stress levels in check. Limit high-fat food, sugar, carbohydrates, and alcohol. Eats lots of fresh vegetables, fruit, and protein. When we have optimum health based upon diet and exercise, it is much easier to manage stress created by external resources.
Get Proper Rest
When we are stressed, our sleep tends to be disturbed. Create a bed-time routine that enables you to “turn off your brain” and rest your mind, body, and spirit. Avoid watching television late at night, especially a scary movie or the news. Reflect on your day. Keep a gratitude journal, and write three things every night that you are grateful for. End your day on a positive note. Being well-rested will not only help to increase your energy level but will also help you more easily handle events that may typically stress you out!
Treat Yourself to a Self-Care Break!
You’ve pitched the “stuff” that doesn’t matter; delegated tasks to others who can help you, and you’re focused on living your passion. You’re exercising, eating healthily and getting proper rest. Stress is releasing itself from your life! Doesn’t this sound ideal? It can be done. One other important part in making sure YOU are number one on your priority list is to take time for yourself and schedule a “self-care break.” This could include meeting a friend whom you haven’t seen in a while for a coffee or scheduling a massage with your local wellness centre, like at one Curavita locations. By taking a scheduled break and treating yourself to something nice, your stress will decrease and be more manageable.
Make sure you are always your number one priority. Follow these five tips to help you slow down, release stress, and take care of what matters most……YOU!
To Your Success,
Erin Crotty, Founder & Director