These past few weeks have been such a challenge to say the least. Deciding to move, finding a new abode, and now moving arrangements. All this while still keeping up with our jobs and daily lives. Not gonna lie, it's not a walk in the park. But that's what life is.
Stress is - and will always be - there. Unfortunately, if you let it take over, you can easily get overwhelmed, experience paralysis by analysis, overthink, or overall, reduce your productivity and performance. Believe it, I know it all too well. I've been there.
Rather than play the blame-game or put the responsibility on others, the real question is:
How do you, yourself manage your stress?
There are many strategies we can implement to manage the stress when times get tough. Here are 4 strategies you can try:
Break down a big problem into smaller - more manageable - steps Sometimes, a big problem can feel so big and out of control that you feel stuck and don't know what to do. Make some time to break it down into smaller, more manageable "problems" you can take action towards. That way, they'll feel more doable, and you can take action - even mini ones - to eventually solve your big problem.
Take a break Tell me if this has happened to you before. You're exhausted; but you have this thing you need to solve so you sit your a$$ down despite the fatigue and try to figure it out. In many cases you don't until the next day, you look at it with fresh eyes and the solution was simple... like incredibly simple and you thought "why didn't I think of it before?" It's about smart action, not more action. Sure, if I trained more, I'll eventually get better at my sport, but I'll be burned out or way too injured too. Or I can do more math, and be stuck on a question all night; only to find out I can solve it in 5 minutes the next morning. Our brains need rest too like the our body. Allow yourself a break and start fresh later. After all, will anything bad happen if you leave it til later?
Clean up your space I didn't realize this one until I started living on my own but when my environment is a mess, I don't wanna work in it. If I do, I get that easily frustrated and/or irritated so my productivity goes down. So give this a shot! Tidy up your space, desk, office, or study area and see your performance go up!
Don't be afraid to ask for help Whether that's from a friend, family, colleague or even professionals, it's never silly or stupid to ask for help. You're only human; there's only so much we can do without burning out. And you'll be surprised - I know I was - how many people will be more than willing to lend a helping hand.
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