Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Reducing Stress Through Time Management

One of the common causes of stress is not being organized. Time management is the key to organize your work both at home and at the workplace, thus reducing the tendency of your being stressed up.  Prioritizing the most important job and writing down your duties and activities everyday is a better way to manage your time.

Keeping a diary, where you can list down your duties and objectives, can help you assess which duty must be done first and the estimated time you can accomplish each activity.

Scheduling And Listing

If you feel you are going to have another busy day either at home or at work, always write down your tasks. Indicating which task comes first and at what time it will done and following it strictly will allow you time to perform your other task. You must learn to prioritize to successfully beat stress.

On a daily basis pick the most important task and finish it first. Never put too many things in your list, this way, you are more likely to accomplish all your tasks for the day, this in turn will provide you the feeling of accomplishment and greater sense of control. 

Learn to delegate some of your tasks to co- works and family members especially when you have too many task to accomplish and little time to do so. By delegating, you can avoid stress from building up.

In the workplace, learn to say no especially when you find yourself in a situation where you cannot handle anymore task than you already have. Learn to ascertain your capabilities so as not to end up being stressed up.
Remember that you need time to rest and relax so that you can come back refreshed and revitalized. Include in your list work breaks and as much as possible things that would physically and mentally take you away from work. 
Finally, try not to make major decisions when you feel overworked or anxious  as they may be regrettable latter .

Friday, 9 March 2012

Activities That Help Relieve Stress

Some people think it is almost impossible to find an outlet while under stress. Most stressed individuals think doing fun activities will not reduce the effect of problems that they undergo in career, social or personal pressure – which is a very poor way to get cope or rid them of it.

Therapist around the world agree that certain activities like games, sports and art can have a great positive effect on a stressed person’s physical and behavioral problems. Some are even employed in stress management clinics and is part of the routine treatment in helping individuals cope with their stress issue.

Mind games
For the fact that stress affects the mental functions of an individual, therefore it is very important to teach a stressed person how to focus his mind on positive thoughts rather than dwelling on negative ones. Mind games offer an alternative which will help stressed persons divert there thought patterns to something more productive. These clinics encourage their patients to tackle crossword puzzles, etc to help them cope with stress. Incorporating these games into your daily routine will help to give your mind some diversion from problems.

Engaging in sports is a great way to relieve stress. Your body needs physical exercise to balance biological and muscular functions and to rejuvenate those muscles that are tight due to the effects of stress. Playing sports can also provide an outlet for emotional problems like anxiety, depression, irritation, anger, and so on.
There are two kinds of sports a person can engage on his or her own free time. They can opt for team sports like basketball, football or volleyball which serve as a means to socialize and exercise. Individual sports like taekwondo, karate, badminton, golf and tennis can also be a great help in focusing your mind to win the game rather than focusing on your stressors. 

 Visiting the gym has proved to be beneficial to emotional, mental and physical health when under stress. The routine exercise your gym instructor will give you can help you focus on the tasks at hand. The strenuous activities can develop your muscles which improve your body’s ability to cope with stress mechanism and allow the body to release chemicals and hormones that are beneficial to your physiological well-being. 

Cardiovascular workout can improve your heart and strengthen it to avoid stress related problems like strokes, high-blood pressure, chest pains and rapid heartbeat. The steady blood circulation in your system will benefit your muscles because of the fresh oxygen supply provided by these hearty fluids. 

Note however that working out at the gym needs proper diet as well since your physical attributes will be worked to the limit to help fight off stress. Fresh fruits and vegetables are necessary. They improve digestion and supply the body with the required nutrients. Red meat devoid of fat can give your muscles proteins that will strengthen muscle tissues for added flexibility.

A healthy dose of mental activities, physical exercise coupled with a balance diet can help a person to live a stress free life.

Friday, 2 March 2012


There is no denial that at one point or the other we experience stress in the work place. This in turn affects our out put. There are numerous factors that contribute to stress at work place.
However, you can effectively manage work place stress if you follow the tips below.

Taking time to consider how to get along with your fellow members of staff or colleagues in the work place goes a long way in reducing stress in the work place. Build trust, understanding and respect into your relationship with your co workers. Realize that you all have to work as a team to reach the common goal of the organization.

Effective communication is an essential factor in preventing and easing tension. Irrespective of your position in the work place, how well you understand your co workers' verbal and non verbal messages determines how effective you communicate with them. Paying attention to their postures, gestures and tone of voice is very essential.

The only thing that is constant in life is change. Recognize and accept that things change. In the work place policies change to meet up with trend and to achieve the organization's goals. Go along with the change.Be proactive.

How you make others feel about you and how you make them feel about themselves is an important factor in making or breaking your future. Try to see yourself through the eyes of others. Do you make them happy or miserable. If necessary make an attitude adjustment.

Human beings are not made like machines. Even machines when run continuously without proper servicing eventually wear out and break down. For a very long time it has been realized and recognized that people need to take a little time off their tasks to refresh and revive. That is why there are lunch breaks. They return to their task renewed and refreshed.

Always take time to know your stressors to enable you take the right step in tackling stress.