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In addition to hurting your health, stress can be a hugely inhibiting factor to productivity. That’s why it’s important to take steps to decrease it. You may already do some of the things on this list, but I bet you don’t do all of them.
My name is Darryl Hicks, CEO of Tungsten Revenue Consultants, and I’m here to show you how you can reduce your stress much more efficiently than you are now. That way, not only will you be happier and healthier, but also more successful.
- Stay Out of Online Debates
Try to keep your opinion to yourself. Arguments are a huge source of stress, whether it’s an argument with a stranger or a friend. Opinions about politics, sports, religion, etc. are best kept to yourself; expressing them won’t change anyone’s mind anyway.
- Remember to Breathe
Short, shallow breaths put your body on edge, ready to move. Deep breaths tell your body to relax and conserve energy. Concentrating on the latter, and you will soon be doing it without needing to think.
- Don’t work evenings or weekends
Everyone needs time to recharge their batteries. Occasionally, you do need to pull an all-nighter or work a Saturday to get something done, but turning that into a habit does terrible things for your energy. If you find you’re running out of time at work, review your schedule and see if you can rework things a little.
- Take a Long Shower
When you’re in the tub, you’re forced to be away from your laptop or your phone. Relax and don’t worry about getting back to them. Just focus on your task, not the clock. Or, for better results, sing a little.
- Do What You Love
If the previous 19 still don’t work, you may need to make a lifestyle change. The most common cause of stress comes from a job that isn’t right for you. You should feel comfortable and happy with your position; if you’re not, consider finding one you can enjoy.
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