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Stress management tips for those leading a busy life

6 min read
Emaad Paracha

Contrary to what people might think, some stress can be good for you. It releases hormones that increase productivity and help us focus on work. However, stress is becoming an increasingly common and unavoidable part of everyday life. Overall, stress management is key in a busy life, as you might often find it seeping into unhealthy levels. 

This stress can take a huge toll on our mental and physical health, and often, leading a busy life can exacerbate stress, affecting our work and personal lives. However, with several coping mechanisms and tips, you can be in of your life and help reduce stress to a point where you can not only lead a busy life but thrive in it.

Pick up a hobby to relieve stress

How often have you found yourself thinking about work outside of work hours? Did I send that email? or How can I solve this bug in my code? or Maybe I can make a few more amendments to my presentation. 

The border between work and life is increasingly getting blurrier and often work invades our thoughts outside of work as well. This is where hobbies can come in, to help take your mind off work and other stressors and immerse yourself in something you love. 

Whether it is gardening or painting, or golf or soccer, or even travel, hobbies can help you relax and recharge, giving you more energy to tackle the challenges of a busy life. Hobbies can also be a good way to connect with your friends and make new ones, helping give you a support group you can rely on and a better life outside of work.

Time management: Calendar and reminders apps

Effective time management can be crucial when leading a busy stressful life. We often overlook two important apps that almost all phones and computers come with, a calendar app and a reminders app. They are there for a reason and meant to be utilized, like many do. 

Both a calendar and reminders app can help you schedule your tasks and appointments, prioritize them according to their importance, and avoid last-minute rushes and that feeling of “being lost” and not knowing what to do. 

They help you plan ahead and create a schedule for your day, week, month and more. And by actively using them to organize your life, you are not only making it easier to organize, but also avoiding those creeping thoughts that everything is disorganized and that you don’t know what’s going on. 

Time management skills can also help you establish healthy boundaries between work and personal life, ensuring that you have enough time for self-care and relaxation.

Money management and budgeting

Money is a very overlooked yet common source of stress for many people. It doesn’t present itself directly but it’s always on the back of everyone’s minds. I need to pay those bills that came in yesterday! or I need to start saving and investing in something… or more. Money-related stress is always there. 

Money management and budgeting can be key here, to ensure that we remain on top of our finances. By keeping tabs on your finances, you can reduce anxiety and feel more in control of your financial situation. There are several apps you can download, some that even connect directly with your bank accounts, and give you daily/weekly/monthly insights on your spending. 

You can use these, or create your own spreadsheet, to create a budget and stick to it, and keep track of your expenses to avoid overspending and surprising yourself financially. If you’re struggling with debt, consider speaking to a financial advisor or credit counselor. By taking control of your finances, you can reduce stress and feel more secure about your future.

Learn to meditate

Meditation is a power, a centuries-old technique used to promote relaxation and wellbeing, and reduce stress. There are many ways you can meditate, with the general premise being focusing your attention on your breath, or a particular object, and allowing yourself to let go of distracting thoughts and calm your mind. 

It isn’t as easy as it looks, as learning to meditate requires practice, but there are many apps that you can download to guide you from the basics of meditation to more advanced techniques. 

Regular meditation has a number of benefits, such as helping reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, improving focus and concentration, and increasing feelings of calm and relaxation. You can start off with just a few minutes a day and gradually increase the duration, and you’ll steadily see how meditation can help you improve your focus and wellbeing. 

Embrace days off

Finally, it can be very beneficial to take time off from work and other responsibilities regularly. As a busy person, you may fear “doing nothing,” but don’t think of it like that. Your mind and body are machines, which need a break as well. 

Use your weekends or vacation time to relax and recharge your batteries. Spend time with your family and friends, engage in leisure activities, or simply take a day off to do absolutely nothing. Embracing days off can help you reduce stress and prevent burnout, making you more productive and efficient in the long run. 

Taking a break from work can also help you gain perspective on your life and priorities, helping you make better decisions and live a more balanced life.

Closing thoughts on stress management and your busy life

Leading a busy life doesn’t mean you have to live with chronic stress. By adopting these stress management tips, you can take control of your life and reduce stress levels, while still being able to do what you love. 

Always remember to prioritize your well-being, establish healthy boundaries, and make time for self-care, hobbies, and relaxation. With some practice and commitment, you can find ways to manage stress and live a more balanced, fulfilling life, one that you can enjoy thoroughly.