Many times we are overwhelmed by the days events and have no escape. With a little planning we can easily change that. Here are some great tips on how to easily eliminate stress during your workweek. (Click “Next” for next idea at the top or the bottom of post)
Be Unavailable to Needy People
There are times when you can help people out and other times when all they ever NEED is help. Don’t answer the phone when they call or simply tell them you can’t help them anymore.
Be Unavailable to Negative People
This is a REAL drainer, after you get done being around them you damn near have to take a nap from the exhaustion. Some people refuse to grow, refuse to learn and refuse to better themselves
Do Something Special for Yourself each Week
Nobody needs to know what it is but it should be something you enjoy and that won’t take a toll on you. Eating a cheeseburger at 5 Guys Burgers and Fries is probably NOT the best idea but think of something that you like to do and do it once a week if possible.
Do Something you Liked to do as a Kid
Perhaps you liked to dance, play sports or sketch. You would be amazed at how doing those things again will eliminate a great deal of stress. Of course as we get older there are some things we can’t do (as well) but if you can’t play sports, you could coach…
Join a gym CLASS
Joining a gym is bad advice, most people get the membership then say the hell with it after 2 visits which the gym chains LOVE, they have the added space in the gym to get someone else’s money each month. Sign up but check out their CLASSES. Many offer everything from aerobics to Zomba to Yoga.
Take a Cooking Class
Talk about a stress buster. Even better take a vegetarian cooking class. There’s not much obligation you can get it done in one visit.
This is a MASTER stress buster… don’t worry about it if you are out of shape. Gym memberships are good when they include Yoga because you can slowly do a little each time until you can take an entire class. If you don’t feel like it you can work out in other ways instead of just leaving. Yoga is also a form of meditation that not only helps you to be more flexible, it relaxes your mind.
Meditate Each Day
Many people SWEAR by it including me. 5 minutes in the morning of total quite time asking the universe what you want out of the day. You would be AMAZED at how well meditation works when you stick with it for a couple of weeks.
Watch Your Diet
The American diet is horrific. WAY too many process foods, fats and sugars that destroy our health. Ironically, scientist have even found clogged arteries in mummies. This would indicate meat is a HUGE culprit. It’s hard to break away from home cooked soul food EVERY NOW AND THEN at the most once a week if you eat healthy all week long. A bad diet will not only destroy your physical health, it destroys your mental health too. Depression is linked to the massive mood swings people experience when they eat sugar and sugar is in almost EVERYTHING that is processed or that the body CAN’T process like carbs, corn and liquor. Also keep in mind these foods are often addictive.
Don’t Keep Company with People You don’t trust
Isn’t it amazing how your gut will let you know when you are in the company of demons? It’s almost better to deal with needy people or negative people than to deal with someone who can’t be trusted. Throw them out like last week’s garbage they will take a toll on you with their toxic presence. (BTW, the guy who played Chuckie in all the movies was my neighbor in LA)
Hire a PT Personal Assistant if you Feel overwhelmed
There are many services that you can use even online virtual assistants in another city to make calls for you, do research, return calls, get info etc. I use them all the time.
Speak Your Mind when Able
You know how someone says something you don’t like you and you can feel it? Respond when you get that feeling if possible with what’s on your mind because carrying that moment around with you, concerning how you SHOULD have responded is stressful. You don’t have to discuss with a friend how someone else pissed you off. End it where it began.
Take Yourself out to a nice Dinner and a Movie
There was a time when I felt sorry for people who did this. Now I get it. There are times when you need to escape family, relationships, friends, work, kids everything. Taking yourself out to a nice dinner or lunch with your favorite magazine while being served is almost as great as getting a massage. Enjoy the fruits of your labor. YOUR needs are being taken care of and all you have to do it sit there. if you have not tried it, do yourself a favor and do it.
Mentor a Younger Person
One of my greatest disappointments during my career is that there were no mentors for me. Not one single older black man in the entire industry helped me in my career. Not one. They were all too selfish and greedy and I know a slew of other black industry men who say the same thing. Thank God there were white men and women who showed the interest in me, that doesn’t mean I didn’t experience racism in the industry but these people who took me under their wing were great people because they taught me to diversify my industry career in order to always have a job and they taught me how to be an entrepreneur but I can’t help but to think how unfortunate it is that black people were not available which is why I make sure I’m available for younger people getting into the industry. Outside of that, mentoring is also a great stress buster. Knowing that you are helping a younger person avoid the pitfalls that you fell into headfirst is extremely gratifying.