A tip for holiday backlog.

    With the holiday season over, many of you are returning to your daily routines to find yourself facing a mountain of work and trying to figure out just how to clear the backlog.

    If your first thought is to pull up your sleeves and start multitasking, you may want to read further.

    For some years now, multitasking has been touted as the solution to our time management problems. writing an important email while catching up on the TV news, talking on the phone while making dinner, or texting and driving are all good examples of how we try to “double up” our productivity.

    however, unlike computers, humans do not actually have the ability to focus on multiple tasks at once. trying to do so usually results in burnt toast, an incomplete document, and a very angry spouse.

    When we slow down and devote our full attention and focus to one task/person at a time, we tend to be less stressed, more productive, get better results, and develop better relationships.

    Even in the frantic pace of today’s society, slow and steady gets things done!

4 reasons to micromanage your stress and how to do it!

Coming home after a long day and a longer week, you start to assess the damage.
Your body aches and your head pounds. You grumble, “Good thing it’s Friday.”
As you get ready for your yoga class, meditation group, massage appointment, etc… you await the relief it will bring!

“I don’t think I could have handled another day of that” you sigh.

You spend the rest of the weekend trying to fully recover, but it’s over too soon… if only you had a couple more days off!

Sound familiar?

For many people, the juggling of family, work, and social responsibilities can be a daunting task, never mind finding enough personal time to fully recover from it all.

One of the best solutions lies in the practice of stress micromanagement.

This article explains why stress micromanagement is so important and gives you 4 simple steps to help you get started.

Why micromanaging stress is so important:

1. Micromanaging your stress levels can prolong the positive benefits you get from relaxing activities/environments.

2. Micromanaging stress allows you to fully recover from its effects faster and with the use of less resources/energy.

3. Micromanaging stress allows you to remain calm, think clearly, and act appropriately.

4. Micromanaging your stress levels can help to prevent leisure sickness

Essentially, you stay healthier, feel happier, are productive longer, and have more time to do the things you love to do.

Get started today by following these 4 simple steps:

1. Continuously pay attention to what and how you are feeling throughout the day. At the slightest hint of stress, tension, fear or anxiety…

2. Breathe in through the nose as you slowly count to 3, let your abdomen and chest expand fully. Pause. Then, exhale through your mouth while slowly counting to 6. Pause and repeat while you…

3. Release physical tension by stretching, shaking, or massaging it out. Inhale and tighten, exhale and relax as you…

4. Release emotional tension by accepting your situation, smiling as you try to find something positive about the mess you’re in.

Micromanaging stress is highly beneficial. It can be done quickly, anywhere, at anytime, and is well worth the effort.

While these steps are simple, maintaining constant awareness of how you are feeling throughout the hustle and bustle of your day can be challenging to say the least.

Have fun with it, be patient with yourself, and practice, practice, practice!

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