We all know stress sucks. On top of the physical symptoms, stress can lead to insomnia, depression and a decrease in productivity with serious implications for your personal and professional life. Unfortunately, not all stressful situations are avoidable and the wonderful world of entrepreneurship is rife with them. So instead of avoiding stressful situations, learn how to deal with them. Of course, we’ve got your back with some useful tips and tricks.

Expose those triggers

Stress is triggered, so the first step in managing stress is to identify your personal stress triggers. Easy enough, right? Well, it’s a little more complicated than that. It requires you to ask obvious, but hard questions, such as ‘what stresses me out?’ and ‘how do I react to it?’. Do you get overwhelmed by your
schedule? Start saying ‘no’ more often and focus only on those important tasks and projects. Can’t find anything? Get organized. Multi-tasking driving you crazy? Focus on one thing at the time. Can’t deal with constant distraction? Go on a phone-diet. After figuring out what exactly is working you up, you can
create a list of your top ten triggers and then work on eliminating them if possible, or at least realize how they stress you out.

Live healthy

It has been proven time and time again that one of the best ways to relieve stress is by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Do some soul-searching and decide what your thing is. Whether it’s going for a walk, taking a yoga class, staying away from treats like doughnuts and getting a good night’s rest, taking care of your
body is one of the most common and effective ways to reduce stress in your life. Most people find that when they are healthy, they have the least amount of stress.

Stop procrastinating

The Association for Psychological Science states that ‘people who procrastinate have higher levels of stress and lower well-being’. To help you get out of this harmful trip, Leo Babauta suggests you create a Do It Now habit. Do your most important task first or only work on a challenging project for 10-minutes
at the time. Also, don’t forget to give yourself a break regularly. Studies show that productivity falls sharply after a 50-hour workweek. So connecting less is good for you and your company. To unplug without zapping your career, try reducing your regular hours or work in regular breaks if you can’t get away.

Be realistic and ask for help

Even if you master the art of saying ‘no’, there are instances where you will be busy and you may feel stressed. A quick fix for those situations is often just knowing you can turn to someone. If you’re feeling really overwhelmed, ask a coworker or business partner for help. Later you can return the favor.

Now put your phone away, grab that piña colada and toast to your stress-free life! Already a pro at eliminating stress? Email us your tips, tricks, favorite spas and bars to info@colab-aruba.com.