Stress-Busters For Busy Professionals

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If you’re a busy professional, you know all about stress. It usually starts off feeling okay. But the longer it goes on, the worse and worse effects it has on your physical and mental health. 

Unfortunately, stress is common if you want to get anywhere in life (and even if you don’t). You have to either deal with the stress of striving or having no money in your account. 

Many people believe that stress is inevitable. However, for many, it is a choice. While it might seem like just another part of life, like death and taxes, it is actually one of those rare things that’s optional. 

It comes down to the difference between pain and suffering. Pain is inevitable in life. That’s just the nature of the world. Something is eventually going to get you, whether it is a stubbed toe or full-blown betrayal. 

However, how you react to this pain is within your control. If you can look at life dispassionately, that can help reduce stress. 

Of course, there are all sorts of other tactics you can use to feel calm, which we discuss in this post. But hopefully, that preamble describes the basics and where we’re coming from. 

So what can you do to reduce stress? Let’s take a look. 

Create A Relaxing Routine

One strategy is to create a relaxing routine. If you can find a sequence of activities that calm you down before a big day in the office or when you go to bed, you’re already on a winning streak. 

For example, you could begin the day with a morning run followed by a sauna at the gym. It might take 45 minutes, but you’ll undoubtedly feel less stressed afterward. 

You could also try reading a book before you go to bed and eliminating screen time. This approach might help you get more shut-eye. 

Seek Support

You should also seek support if you are someone prone to stress because of your job or work habits. Getting someone to advise you on how to manage your psychology when facing project deadlines can be enormously helpful. 

Talk to people who experienced a lot of stress in the past but are doing better today. Find out how they managed to beat their tension and enjoy their lives more. 

You could also go to a professional therapist. Experts use various strategies to help you reframe and manage stress to prevent it from overwhelming you. 

Get Stress-Busting Accessories

You can also try to use stress-busting accessories, like stress balls. These help to take some of the tension out of the body and provide something you can squeeze to release pressure if work gets too much. 

Stress Balls UK is a supplier of products like these and has observed a significant increase in work-related uses. “We are always surprised by how strong the demand for stress balls is across the country,” the brand says. “There’s no end to people looking for tools to reduce stress during the day and help them be as productive as possible.”

Today’s stress balls come in various shapes and sizes. And some are fully customizable, allowing anyone to create balls that reflect their personality or work habits. 

“Stress balls are transforming from standard corporate gifts to something that people can customize themselves,” Stress Balls UK says. “You can print them like customizable t-shirts or postcards, which is something brands and individual buyers want.”

Exercise Regularly

Another tactic is to exercise more regularly. Getting out of the house for moderate physical activity is a potent stress reliever. 

What’s more, it doesn’t take long to get the beneficial effects you want. Most experts think that you can get away with as little as 30 minutes of consistent exercise daily. Just that alone can be enough to reduce stress and get you back to your normal and most productive self. 

Go On A Digital Detox

Even if you don’t think that your digital habits are causing problems, it is always worth experimenting with a digital detox. That’s because the effects of notifications and scrolling are often subliminal. It is only when you stop that you see how much better you feel. 

Busy professionals probably use digital media more than anyone else. We’re constantly on our phones or computers, trying to get stuff done. 

For that reason, going on a break from these activities often has a profound effect. Resisting the urge to check our emails or messages can help reduce information overload and feel less stressed throughout the day. 

Take Time For Mindfulness

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It can also help if you take time out of your day for mindfulness. Having a few moments where you appreciate the present instead of thinking about what you need to do next can be profoundly calming. 

Mindfulness is essentially the idea that you do something that brings you back into the present. It’s a powerful calming practice because stress is primarily a function of future worries and physical tension in the body. Things like deep breathing fight these factors on two fronts, reducing the tension in the body and focusing on what’s happening right now. 

The great thing about mindfulness is that you can do it at any time. Deep breathing on the way to the office, in meetings, or in the bathroom can reset your body and help you move forward. 

Sleep More

Finally, you might try to prioritize sleeping more. Getting additional rest is good for mental health overall and can help you recharge before you go back to the office or workplace for another day. 

Many of the most stress-resistant and successful people prioritize sleep and reject the notion that you need to “work hard” or get up at 3 am like Mark Wahlberg. Warren Buffett is famous for getting up late and taking it easy, while Jeff Bezos always got his eight hours while at the helm of Amazon. 

You can do the same. Set a cut-off point every night, after which you wind down. There will always be more opportunities to make gains in your life tomorrow.