Yes i know,internet is bursting at the seams with various lists of stress-busters!We all have our own pet formulae for beating stress,but how about shunning it in the first place?It would be much more pragmatic to adopt a life-style which says 'Nay' to stress---to the extent that it is possible;because it's proximity (i am talking of negative stress here) is not only annoying,but also damaging.Given below is a strategy which is easy & effective in keeping stress at bay.See if it strikes a chord with you.
1* Know Thyself.What sort of an individual are you &what do you want from life?Are you hungry for all the trappings of a rich high life or would you be happier with a moderate amount of success coupled with a healthy work-life balance?Is a spiraling career your sole goal?Even at the cost of a happy home?Can you nonchalantly swipe friends & family for a pinnacle of success?Are you content with your carefree,independent bachelorhood or do you want a harmonious family life above all?If you are a woman,are you happy to be the queen of your family & home or do you want to go out & build up a spiraling career?Just because all young females are doing it;or those you know, talk ravishingly about theirs?I know there can be no cut & dried answers to these questions but looking at the demands of a fast track life & it's repercussions on our health & happiness;these issues merit serious deliberations.Choose whichever life style appeals to you but thereafter,don't look enviously at others' choices.
2* Set attainable targets for your self.Rome was not built in a day,nor can anybody or everybody be an Einstein or a Mozart.It is relaxing to know your limitations & accept them gracefully.This is a buffer against heart ache caused by unfulfilled ambitions & failed enterprises.
3*Don't be a perfectionist or undertake to do everything yourself because someone else will not be able to do it as per your specifications.Delegate responsibility to members of your team whether you are at home,office,club or any other social to-do.In case you are at the receiving end of orders or instructions do not agree to do more than what you are capable of.Find a polite way of explaining your situation.
4*Give yourself sufficient time to accomplish all that needs to be done.If you try to squeeze in a work-load of 12 hrs into 8 hrs;you may succeed in doing so,but at the end of it you will be more pooped out & irritable than if you had done it at a more leisurely pace.There will be fewer mistakes & blunders too,thereby leaving you more satisfied with your efforts.
5*Multi-tasking is supposed to be an attribute of all high achievers but it is also a shortcut to anxiety & stress.It is unproductive in the long run.
6*Take rest at the first signs of exhaustion.Don't press yourself too hard.Indulge yourself & feel the happy hormones flowing.
7*Avoid mental clutter.A very potent source of anxiety is the general feeling that a lot needs to be done & you are slipping behind in your schedules.This can be very oppressive-like a sumo wrestler sitting on your head.Just make a list of all pending jobs in decreasing order of importance,tackle the first one & set the ball rolling.Often this looming cloud of pressure is not at all commensurate with reality.
8*Lastly,some talk of physical clutter,the effect of which is not apparent,but insidious.A neat work table,a tidy home-all make for harmony & positivity.
Nobody is immune to set-backs & calamities which crash down like a bolt from the blue,but organizing your life and planning it according to your needs and inclinations can reduce stress to a large extent.