Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Guest Post: Promoting Peace of Mind at Home and Work

Fear of the unknown can have a powerful effect on anyone, especially when the stakes are high. Few people get through life without coming face-to-face with times of uncertainty, and these stressful times can have a palpable effect on quality of life, mood and even physical health. Stress management is key to persevering, and effective management can take place in the workplace and at home.

Whether you're dealing with the loss of a job, are just entering the work force or are undergoing other difficult transitions in life such as the loss of a loved one, don't sit idly by and just allow life to happen to you. Take steps to address your needs and manage your stress while the stressful situation runs its course.

Here are some tips to help you promote peace of mind when at work and at home.

Simplify Life's Demands

No matter what source of stress you're dealing with, eliminating additional stressors, responsibilities and complications can always make your situation more manageable. If your free time is consumed by a job search or other extenuating circumstances, try to minimize your responsibilities—at least temporarily—to devote more of your time to life's most pressing needs.

Similarly, avoid multitasking; it can ramp up stress while making you less efficient in completing your tasks. You might even try other steps like cleaning your home to simplify your space; this aesthetic difference can deliver subconscious stress relief.

Be Assertive

Procrastination and lateness can add significant stress to your daily routine, and these are entirely preventable forms of stress. Old habits may be hard to break, but in this case they can alleviate a considerable amount of anxiety from your daily life. Make a point of arriving to work and other appointments on time—if not early—and take initiative in doing chores, completing assignments and tackling other responsibilities that come with a deadline.

Make Sure Your Needs Are Still Being Met

Life may be overwhelming, but that doesn't mean you can ignore your basic needs. It's important to get restful sleep and to eat a healthy diet—and doing these regularly can also help keep your stress in check. Allocate relaxation time for yourself, especially when you feel like you've got too much on your plate, since that's when tension is at its highest. And if your needs relate to a sense of purpose, consider donating time as a volunteer to a local organization.

There are also practical needs that should be addressed, such as insurance coverage. If you're currently between jobs, you could be without health insurance as well, and this can be a very dangerous spot to be in. Seek out a short term medical insurance policy to bridge that gap and help protect yourself from any financial fallout that could occur should you get sick or injured.

Everyone can relate to the stress of personal and professional challenges, but your handling of these issues will greatly alter the way they affect you. Don't be afraid to stop, take a deep breath and take stock of your situation. Life can seem especially troubling when problems pile up, but if you take each issue—and each day—one at a time, you'll find it easier to manage your stressors and work your way toward greater peace of mind.

Author bio: Maire is a writer living in Indianapolis. She loves baking her famous double chocolate cookies and hanging out with her orange cat, Walter.

1 comment:

This LDS Military Wife said...

This is a great reminder. It seems like when I get really stressed out, I lose sleep but that just amplfies everything.