If you read my earlier article, “Don’t get stressed, think NBS“, you’ll already know my thoughts on stress and my ways of identifying and releasing it.

But it never hurts to have too many stress management techniques in your tool box.

What causes stress and what are the symptoms?

“Stress: In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. Stresses can be external (from the environment, psychological, or social situations) or internal (illness, or from a medical procedure).”  – Definition of Stress – MedicineNet

Working women can encounter a lot of stressful situations and take on a lot of tasks that leave them feeling stressed.

  • Running a business
  • Slow technology
  • Crap colleagues or customers
  • Unsupportive families
  • Childcare
  • Household duties
  • Debt

The list is endless.

“When stressed, the body thinks it is under attack and switches to ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing a complex mix of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine to prepare the body for physical action.”

The Stress Management Society

According to Webmd:

Physical symptoms of stress include:

  • Low energy.
  • Headaches.
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea.
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles.
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat.
  • Insomnia.
  • Frequent colds and infections.
  • Loss of sexual desire and/or ability.

All of these can lead to poor performance at work, leading to a less then successful business, in turn causing more stress. So it makes sense to manage stress (or learn techniques to stop it in its tracks!)

Here are The Wellness Academy’s top tips for managing stress:

  1. Commit to a personal “self care” time every day. Do a little of what sets your soul on fire daily. 
  2. When you feel stress taking hold and you can feel yourself tensing up or reacting emotionally to a situation, take a few deep, long breaths to calm yourself down.
  3. Take some time to think about and identify the source of your stress. Fix what you can and learn to accept what you have no control over.
  4. Stop multitasking when working on important work projects. Stick to one thing until completion and not only will you do your best work, but you’ll also reach the finish line in less time. Write down your plan of action.
  5. Learn the art of time management.
  6. If clutter and managing your time is the cause of your stress, consider hiring a professional organizer.
  7. Schedule time to practice stress management techniques on a daily basis – meditation, yoga, journaling, listening to music you love, massage or spending time in nature to see what works best for you.

Struggling with taking care of yourself and your business? Why not schedule a free consultation with me and let’s see if we can get you from stressed to success!