7 healthy habits to work into even your busiest days before stress kills you!
In your work as a professional speaker or coach, you spend most of your time giving yourself to others. You’re likely on the road a lot, you’re developing new services and workshops to suit the changing needs of your clients; and when you’re not actively working in your business, you’re working on your business.
With that type of schedule, it doesn’t sound like there’s a lot of you left for yourself and your family! The truth is, the average human can only take so much stress before something starts to give.
Did you know stress literally can kill you? I don’t intend to make this a scientific article about the damage stress does to humans, but if you’re interested, here’s one article that breaks it down well.
Let’s go over some healthy habits you can incorporate into your daily routine—no matter how busy you are—to help combat stress.
- Breathe. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to make a conscious effort to breathe. It may sound silly, but most of us go through life holding our breath. Try it right now and see for yourself how much better it makes you feel. Just close your eyes, take a deep breath in through your nose, hold for a second, and let it back out, letting go as much stress as you can on that exhale. Ahhhhhh.
- Do something each day that gives you joy. This might be reading for pleasure, or sewing, playing fetch with your dog, feeding the birds, or playing a video game … I don’t care what it is, but if you can take even fifteen minutes to just do something that relieves stress and makes you smile, do it. Don’t tell me you can’t spare fifteen minutes. Why are you even doing this if you can’t give yourself that much time in a 24 hour window? Did you know stress can kill? Chill out and live longer!
- Move your body. You don’t have to start training for a marathon or anything like that, unless you want to, of course; but exercise is nature’s greatest stress reliever. You will always feel better after doing some sort of exercise. You might not feel great during that exercise, but you’ll always feel better afterwards. Even if this is taking a walk around the block on your lunch break or doing some stretches while you’re on the phone with a client, try to move your body on a regular basis.
- Eat well. When we feel stressed, it’s common to reach for sugary junk foods because junk food makes us feel good. Of course, that feeling is temporary. Fueling your body with nutritious food is a much better long term plan. Bonus points if you eat your food while sitting down at the table and not crouched over your desk. (Baby steps!)
- Sleep. Get yourself to bed at a decent hour, attempting to get at least seven hours of sleep each night. That seems to be the magic number, so it’s a good goal to aim for. Your body needs sleep to restore and reset, so give it the time it needs. Remember, this is the only body you’re getting, so take care of it!
- Unplug. This one can be hard, and I’m not suggesting you totally detox from your mobile devices (though every few months it’s a good idea to do just that); however, I am a firm believer in detaching from the phone for at least an hour each day. If you can’t do that, set up some boundaries for yourself so you don’t feel chained to it. For instance, institute a no phones at the table rule. Or stop taking it into the bathroom with you. Our smartphones are important in our lives, but we should try to put some space between us and them on a regular basis.
- Be mindful. Our brains are so busy all the time that it can be almost impossible to shut them off. I challenge you to try and take just a few minutes in your day to spend time with your thoughts. Not your to-do list, not your running inventory of client issues and contractor problems. Just your thoughts. Some people meditate, some people pray, and those are great things! But if you’re not quite there, just being quiet with your thoughts is a great place to start.
I hope you start incorporating these habits into your daily routine and feel less stress as a result. And if you can’t find a few extra minutes in your day to begin destressing yourself, maybe your first step should be outsourcing some of that work you have piled on your shoulders!
What is your best habit to combat stress in your life? Leave a message in the comments and let me know!
In business since 1991, Terry Green is the founder/CEO/President of BizEase Support Solutions, an American-based, online marketing support company comprised of a team of talented professionals from around North America. BizEase excels at providing speakers and business coaches worldwide with seamless online marketing solutions, from setting up shopping carts and editing video, to writing blog posts and managing Social Media and PR campaigns. BizEase clients (who span five continents) take great joy in allowing the BizEase team to take care of the details so they can get back to doing what they do best! Click here to get our weekly tips ezine delivered to your inbox every other Friday, with tips on plugins, apps, and tools to make you more productive today!