Various aspects of your life, including your home life, your practice, your hobbies, and other interests can start flying out of your control and your stress level will start to escalate. And your enjoyment of life will head south.
There are many ways of preventing this vicious downward spiral from even starting and keeping you on top of your game.
Here are a few suggestions:
- If you are faced with a difficult situation, don’t put off dealing with it. Sit down and work out a little plan. Think of several different ideas as to how it would best be handled. If you are really mad about the situation, you can start off by writing down the most despicable ideas, but then write some positive ones and choose the one where everybody wins. You will come away a better person.
- Expect the best results. If you are always looking for things to go wrong, or the half empty cup (as the saying goes), you can bet you are going to be right more often than you would wish. If, however, you put your faith in people and situations to come out right, your positive mental attitude is going to bring that about a lot more of the time.
- Don’t take on other people’s stress. Often other people in your environment try to embroil you in their life issues. Keep cool and exterior from it and ask questions of them to help them decide for themselves what they should do. It is their problem and you do not have to adopt it.
- Finish the things you start. Are you one of those people who have a million things unfinished in their life? For instance, you “did” the laundry last weekend, but the last load is still sitting in the dryer and you have to go there to find something clean to wear. New habits need to be formed by disciplining yourself to actually completely finish each thing that you start. That way, you won’t accumulate the stress of having incomplete actions always on your mind.
- Take on the things that are hardest to confront. Usually, if you don’t know how to do something, the prospect of dealing with it may seem daunting and this may make you back off from handling it. Instead, write down what makes it seem so difficult to do. Then figure out what resources there are to learn how to do it. For instance, YouTube has videos on almost anything. The internet is a vast resource for learning. There are on-line courses, mentors, articles.
- Don’t be afraid to delegate. If you have staff, let them help you as much as possible with things. If you know how to do something, you can probably teach it to someone else. Healthcare professionals often take on tasks that they could delegate to the team members. They are there to service and help you.
Keep smiling! That, too, is a great cure for stress!
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