Christmas is a wonderful holiday. People are generous, in great moods, and feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude. It's a great time of year but for business owners, it can be the most stressful time of year. We are either dealing with overwhelming demand, not even demand, or no demand at all. This is a time when people are spending the majority of their incomes of gifts. Here are some stress management guidelines to follow so that you won't fall apart.
One of the most common reasons that people are stressed is because they feel overwhelmed by responsibility. We don't always notice that we are in fact stressed until we start feeling the physical symptoms. Fatigue is one of the most common of these physical symptoms. Others may include insomnia, headaches, loss of hair, stomach aches, and sometimes shortness of breath. The emotional symptoms of stress can include irritability, anxiety, mood swings, and continuous worry.
Over time stress can worsen much more serious illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and other chronic diseases. Stress can also weaken the immune system. People also tend to use addictive behavior. Being drink more alcohol, smoke, engage in addictive eating habits, etc. Try to avoid these behaviors and look for ways to prevent stress buildup.
Find ways to relax and release stress with self therapy. Read a book, take a walk, engage in a vigorous workout, go fishing.....do what makes you happy. Good nutrition, an active schedule, and plenty of rest all help your mind and body manage and handle stress better. For many people, time management is the key to handling stress. For others it may be exercising three to six times a week. At any rate we should all try to evaluate what is causing the stress. Most of the time it's something we have no ultimate control over. Let's try to find ways to develop a stress free lifestyle.