Imagine if we could live our lives completely free of stress.

Now wake up and stop dreaming, because you can’t.

No matter what job you have, no matter where you live, you will have stress in your life. What causes you stress is different to what causes me stress. What you stress about is different to what I stress about. The amount of stress you can cope with is different to the levels I can cope with.

But…we all suffer with stress.

The chance of us living completely without worries or stress for the rest of our lives are as much as us finding out that Father Christmas really does exist.

Although, stress can never be avoided, we can reduce it, if we know what to do when it comes.

In the times or situations when you find yourself overwhelmed with problems, worries and stress, just remember what the famous Lao-tzu once said, “The journey to a thousand miles begins with a single step.’

Very simply put.

It is better that we tackle and finish our tasks one at a time rather than give up altogether.

Here are a few ways to be more efficient when dealing with stress and pressure:

1. Plan out your day’s work, in advance. Agree what you need to do and add a timeframe. Do your best to match the timeframe you’ve allotted for each task.

2. Prioritise your tasks. Consider the “must do” items only, write them down, and then schedule the necessary time for those activities.

3. Brush up on your delegation skills and start to delegate. People you know may have the skills needed to help you and relieve you from stress.

4. Limit distractions - some people work better with the radio blasting. If you’re one of them, then go for it. Just surround yourself with things that’ll help you with concentration and will inspire you to be more productive.

5. Know when to take a break. Go for a walk, take in some fresh air, do some exercise. Doing something different can refresh our bodies and minds and reenergize us to go back to work in top form.

Everyone has their breaking point and they are all at different levels. If you reach yours, this is in no way an indication of weakness. Just know that you have to surround yourselves with people who can give you the support that you need at the time you need it.

With your own personal strength and the right support system, stress no longer needs to be a scary word.

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