5 hands-on tips on how to handle stress
I have worked hard my entire life starting and growing companies. Here are my 5 top tips to manage the day to day stress.
Exercise for an hour and work smarter
Exercise - Yeah I know what you will say. You don't have time, and it is not fun, etc. Well if you are working your 60-80 hours weeks, there is no alternative. You see it is proven productivity goes down if you work too much. What you need to keep it up, is an hour where your brain only does one thing, and you clean out all brain clutter. And this can just be done by working out in some way. I had some of my best moments of insight and problem-solving standing in the shower after a workout. It is like the brain was working while my consciousness was busy sweating.
10 min per day and your brain will change physically
Meditation - Life is not always fun. Sometimes life gives you lemons. And then I mean a lot of lemons. Tragedy, sadness, extreme stress, etc. Meditation is the best way to handle this. You only need 10 minutes per day, and it will help you improve your leadership. Yeah, sure I know.... I don't like this new age stuff either but don't worry. My suggestion works and is simple to use. You should use HeadSpace. I wrote an article about this fantastic app that is so simple and easy The value of meditation for leaders. It is just a great guy talking and leading you. He will calm you down in a minute or two. Best part you can do it anywhere. I do it on the bus, the airplane, the office chair, at lunch and in public spaces. There is no limit.
What you eat is how you will feel
Eat right - You are what you eat. That is how simple it is. If you eat shit, you will produce shit and feel shit. If you eat healthily, you will be healthy, productive and you will feel energetic. So how can you do this? I suggest you read Tim Ferris book the 4-hour body. If you follow his tips, your stress will go down, and you will feel much healthier. And as a bonus, you will get a fantastic body. Is it hard? No his formula is dead simple, and you will be surprised how simple it will be to change. I have integrated his method in my life, and you can read about my daily routine for success by Clicking Here - Eat this Genius Food to Be Super Productive.
Don't skip what makes you happy and relaxed
Make space to enjoy yourself - We are all different, and we appreciate different things. Whatever makes you happy and relaxed, do it! For me, it is spending time with my friends, family and to travel and see the world. What is yours?
Is everything too much? - STOP
STOP - When your stress level is very high you will most likely make your worst mistakes. Then stop what you are doing. Go home, call a friend, meditate, take a break, do what feels right. But STOP.
Ok, that was my five tips. I hope they will work just as well for you as for me.
All the best