Is Your Business Pressure Increasing…

Are you feeling the pressure building…

Is it because of the time of year?

Is it because you are way too busy, not enough hours in the day?

Or is it because you’re allowing other stuff to take up space in your mind?

Do you find yourself making excuses or trying to justify why you did or didn’t do something, or maybe you’re putting the important things in life second as you try to make everything fit …you’re not alone if you do. You most likely wouldn’t be living if you didn’t find the pressure of business and life taking over at some point.

I was talking with a business professional the other day and they were telling me how busy they were and how the pressure was building even though there was no real increase in their daily output or requirements…it just ‘felt’ busier!!!

And they were starting to feel stressed!!!

Why…even going into the shopping district gave off ‘busy’ signals, with music playing, Christmas stuff everywhere and people walking faster as though they had so much on their mind, so much to do… 
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Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be foresight, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.
– Thomas A. Edison
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Here are 3 Stress Busting tips to keep ‘busy-ness’ at bay

Keeping Calm Tip #1 Cut stress off at the source
We need a simple yet effective technique that’s going to tackle the stress as soon as we’re aware of it.Quicker, shallower breathing is the first trigger which sets off all the other stress symptoms. So, when you control your breathing you control any other stress symptoms as well.

If you purposely breathe out longer than you breathe in, your body has to calm down (regardless of what tricks your imagination is playing on you). It’s hardwired into your nervous system; there’s simply no way round it for your body. We call this deep connective breathing. This kind of breathing releases tension, relaxes the mind/body and brings clarity, and relieves emotional tension. So breathe in to the count of seven and out for eleven.If you do this for a minute or so, you’ll be amazed how quickly you’ve calmed down.

Keeping Calm Tip #2 Taking control of your imagination
If you get stressed or anxious about an upcoming event such as having to speak with a staff member about a tricky issue, or an important order that may be delayed, or next week’s ever-increasing workload, you’ll notice that just thinking about the situation/event will start to cause physical responses – like butterflies in the stomach, quickening pulse, your palms getting moist, you start breathing more quickly and so on.

Using your deep connective breathing above whilst imagining the upcoming situation ahead of time calms the association down, priming your mind to feel more relaxed naturally and automatically when the actual situation arrives.

This method of taking control of your ‘imaginary’ thinking and the fear response is life-changing. Take it seriously. Put some time in today.

Keeping Calm Tip #3 Keep thinking clearly
Not being able to think straight is a common symptom of too much anxiety. This happens because the emotional part of the brain ‘swamps’ the thinking part.In most situations we want to be able to think clearly. And keeping your ‘thinking brain’ working actually calms you right down.

This tip helps you do that…So, the easiest way to keep the thinking brain active is with numbers.

Here’s the trick: If you feel anxious or stressed check into the intensity of it and rate it from 1 to 10, 10 being the most anxious it’s possible to be and 1 being the ultimate relaxed state.If your level of intensity is a 7, you would then do some deep connected breathing Tip#1 for a few moments, and then check into the intensity again. Repeat the process until the intensity goes down to a 3 or less. This technique puts you back in control. Just doing this will lower anxiety because it kick-starts the thinking brain, diluting the emotion and automatically making you feel calmer.

All the best in using these simple yet effective techniques.

Make sure you take back control, regain balance and fuel your success so you can enjoy the weeks ahead!

Yours in success 

Linda 

P.S. 
If you’d like to learn the techniques and strategies to keeping yourself calm and in control in your work life (these work in your personal life too!!!) then order your copy of ‘Transforming Your Stress Into Business Success’ now. This book could be the best present you give yourself, or give to others, ever!!