Stressed!? Here’s how to avoid stress

You need to stay calm and relaxed if you want to achieve your long-term goals. A good way to do this is to learn how to avoid stress.

Stress can leave us feeling anxious and irritable, give us headaches, sleep problems and increase fatigue. Over time, it can build up, causing more harm to our physical and mental health. 

And, you have to be extra careful if you are already ill or suffer from fatigue, as stress can make your symptoms worse.

Stress is something that affects all of us and it can become overwhelming fast. How we cope with it varies from person to person, but we should all be mindful of its causes and effects.

Your main goal is to be in a good position to do our creative work. Reducing stress will help with this by giving you more time and energy to focus on what is important.

I’ve put a few ideas below that can help reduce stress that some of you may find useful. As always, if you are having problems with stress and need more help, you should seek proper medical advice.

Get some sleep! 

Stress can play havoc with your ability to get a good night's sleep. And guess what? - lack of sleep will trigger a stress response. Not good.

So what do we do? Get as much sleep as you can, the more the better. Go to bed early if you need to and use black out blinds to make the room as dark as possible. Disconnect from screens and devices earlier so the body can wind down naturally.

Take it easy

Learn to take time out everyday and do stuff that’s non-productive. Read a book, take a nap and enjoy it. Doing something that allows you to zone out is very calming.

Spend time outdoors

Spending time in the great outdoors is known to lower stress levels. Try taking a walk every day; the greener and wilder the spot, the better.

If you don’t live near a park or anywhere outdoorsy, then round the block will still be beneficial. The gentle exercise will do you good if you can manage it.

Resist social media

We all know the perils of social media, a vacuum into which our time gets sucked.

Try and reduce the amount of time you spend there, maybe log on once a day, or once a week, or better still, close your account….

Stop watching the news

The news is terrible, sad and awful. It’s always bad news and that’s the way the media like it. It’s the emotional stories that keep us hooked.

They also keep us up at night. Our sense of hopelessness in the face of the world's problems can be overwhelming. Take a step back, put your feet up and look out the window instead.

Meditate

Meditating is good for reducing stress and could be something you should try. I’m not an expert so I won't try and tell you how to do it.  There are books, videos, and apps that can help you. Give it a go.

Give up control

You have control over very little; the sooner you realise this the better. The amount of energy we spend on worrying about things we have no influence over is amazing.

Letting go of the idea that you can control everything is hard. But if we can do it, we can concentrate on the few things we can control.

We’ll also feel less stressed about trying to the boss of the universe.

Learn how to avoid stress and be ready to work

When it comes to moving forward with our creative projects, we want to be in a position where we feel relaxed and ready to work. We can give ourselves a chance by having time and energy to use on our core work.

Using some of the above ideas, you'll be able to work more consistently, as the effects of stress are less likely to hold you back. 

Try to avoid letting things get on top of you and remember to enjoy your work!

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