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We hear so much about making our business simpler, but doing this is never that simple! If you are to try and simplify your business properly, you’ve got to put a lot of effort into the proceedings. The problem is that when we’re investing so much of ourselves into our business we invariably get stressed. Anybody who is trying to boost their business will feel stressed and overwhelmed. This is why it is so important to have a number of tools, business-related and otherwise, so you can reduce these stresses.
In psychology, there is a concept known as learned helplessness, where you fail to act upon improving your circumstances or respond to situations. This is evident in people who feel overwhelmed by roles and responsibilities. These people think that things are so bad they are unable to change things. And the cure is very simple, take action! If there are problems with your IT infrastructure, enlist the help of IT support services, or if there are problems with your productivity, incorporate better productivity tools. Taking action is the proactive response that helps us feel in control of a situation again. But the key is to act in a very great way. If we react and act enough, we tend to see big improvements in the areas we focus on.
Address Your To-Do List
Clarity is crucial. If you are stressed by the volume of tasks you need to complete, becoming more precise on what needs doing sheds light on the situation. Many times, we can realise it is less stressful than we thought. When we create a solid to-do list, we then have to break this down into tasks we deem essential and non-essential. You may find that you are exaggerating how much you need to do. Putting everything down on paper can make you realise that this mountain is actually a molehill.
Take the Perspective Away from Yourself
When you stop focusing on yourself and start to devote time to helping others around you, you think less about your problems. That concept of paying it forward makes us feel happier and when we start to think about helping others, this is going to reduce that symptomatic sensation of stress.
Releasing the Symptoms of Anxiety
Stress is a physical thing. We can feel a tightness in our chest, not feel like we can breathe properly, and feel like we are in a daze, which are all symptoms of the body and the brain trying to stop us from doing what we need to do. Taking control over the sympathetic nervous system which drives us into the fight or flight response will help us to calm down. Engaging the parasympathetic nervous system will allow you to feel calmer.
The next time you feel stressed, remember that stress is only something that stands in the way of your choosing what you want. When we are calmer, we are able to focus better, and we are able to get more done.