1. Time Management
Rank your priorities from most to least important and tackle the time-sensitive ones first. Also, knowing unpleasant tasks cause stress, tackle these jobs first so you can get them out-of-the-way. Knowing that something more appealing will follow may motivate you. If you plan ahead, prioritize tasks, control procrastination and learn to manage your time more effectively, you will avoid unnecessary stress later.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Plan your expenses in advance when possible and stay within your means. Ask me about creating a budget and how to pay off your bills. Explore additional resources to generate revenue. Cut back extra’s until the finances become more manageable.
3. Taking on too much.
Do you have an “I have to please everyone” tendency? Be honest and let people know what you can (and can’t) take on. Let people know that you do not want to over extend yourself. You cannot out 100% into anything when you are being pulled in 10 different directions.
4. Conflicts in the workplace or at home.
Disagreements or opposing opinions can put a strain on personal or professional relationships. No need to be argumentative or confrontational; simply be honest and respectful with each other and try to arrive at a solution with which both parties can be happy. Learn to embrace what is different; there may be something each of you can learn from one another.
5. The need to control or be right.
Do you find yourself always having to be in control? When things do not go your way, how do you handle it? If you find yourself flying off the handle, learn to be more adaptable and open to other possibilities. No one wants to be around someone who always needs things “their way”. People will eventually lose interest in your need to control things.
6. Missing the opportunity to take time out and relax.
Everyone needs to carve out at least 5 minutes of “me time” every day. If you don’t have a chance to refuel, you may be feeling a state of tension. Relaxation will give you greater clarity of thought, which leads to a better daily performance.
7. Neglecting to see the humor in situations.
Being in “serious mode” around the clock will push others away from you. Learn to brush things off and not take things so serious. Life is too short to stress the little things. Choose your “battles” wisely and you will see how much more enjoyable life can be.. Enjoy the benefits of a good laugh with friends and family. Laughter has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce stress.
8. Major life changes.
The only constant in our lives is change. Welcome change as a positive challenge. A new job, baby or moving to a new home should be viewed as a new beginning rather than a fearful event. Remember that fear is a story we create in our head, focus on the fact and opportunity, If you find you are having a hard time letting go of fear and often self sabotage your own dreams, ask me how to let go of fear here. Remember, stress-healthy people have an optimistic attitude, embrace challenges, have a roaring sense of humor and accept that change is a part of life.
It is not always easy getting through these stresses on your own. As your life coach I will support you on your journey creating useful tools to prepare you for life’s difficult times.
Or of course, this could be your other alternative:
I am sure you will find the above options much more enjoyable, but to each his own.
Amanda Scocozzo, C.P.C.
(347) 913-LIFE (5433)