Given the pace and demands of living, many people are experiencing excessive stress. One of the most commonly sited sources of stress today is work. A little stress can be a good thing and can inspire you to act and achieve. On the other hand, too much unmanaged stress can be destructive and leave you feeling emotionally overwhelmed, physically fatigued and unproductive.
One of the best ways to manage stress at work is to get a life - outside of the office. Keeping all areas of your personal and business life in proper perspective and balance will help you feel better and give you more energy to handle the pressures of everyday living.
Balance does not necessarily mean equal time, but it does mean that you are investing in every area of your whole life. Here's three areas to consider investing in, that often get neglected:
Spiritual Practices: Spend time with God and get back to doing the spiritual practices that bring you peace of mind.
Take Care of Yourself: Get a good night sleep, eat healthy throughout the day and incorporate exercise into your daily life.
Connect: Take time to reap the benefits of meaningful relationships by scheduling quality time with family and friends.
Finding balance can be your best ally in preventing and relieving stress. If you are feeling an excessive amount of stress, don’t feel embarrassed to ask for help. Everybody needs a little help once in a while. Talk to your pastor, good friend or hire a professional coach or counselor when needed.