Stress is an all-time is a “silent killer.” It strikes regardless if you are young or old. And as freelancers, we are affected by stress maybe because of our client’s demands or the upcoming deadlines.
Stress can make you ill: physically, emotionally, and psychologically. When you experience stress and have little capacity to deal with it, it makes you unproductive. What to do now? Here are 6 effective ways to manage stress.
Get Enough Sleep
The best stress buster is consistently getting enough sleep. According to studies, adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best. Without it, you can feel lethargic and ineffective the following day.
The morning feels like you are ready to face anything. It gives more concentration. More ideas flow because you have been fully charged, which is enough to get you through the day.
Try to it! You’ll thank me later.
Practice Deep Breathing Techniques
It is often considered a cliché when someone advises a person. Breathe, relax, and count to ten.
Breathing exercises prove to be a good way to reduce tension and relieve stress. Scientifically, it is explained that when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The good thing about doing breathing exercises is you don’t really need any tools and can be down anywhere and whenever you want or you can.
With the right techniques, making use of the breathing exercise will make you relaxed and energized at the same time.
Meditate to Concentrate
You have already taken a crack at deep breathing and while you’re at it, why not progress and match it up with meditation. According to WebMD.com, meditation is a simple technique that, if practiced for as few as 10 minutes each day, can help you control stress, decrease anxiety, improve cardiovascular health, and achieve a greater capacity for relaxation.
When you are stressed, you will feel you have lost your focus and oftentimes, you don’t know where to start. Meditation will help you get back to the center and you’ll be able to take aim. Have you experienced having opened Google and then you just forgot what to search or to type? The typical way you work it out is by taking a step back, sometimes closing your eyes and thinking back on what you missed. You’re doing it but you didn’t have a name for it. That’s basically a brief meditation technique.
Listen to Music
We are told, music is the language of the soul. It can soothe the heart. Even when things are painful, just listening to music lessens the pain. There is something about music that it can speak to the heart, sometimes more accepted than any spoken counsel.
Do Something Creative
The tips above are at the onset way of easing tension and anxiety. However, it is equally important to do the thing you love once you have completed something. This is a healthy way of giving your brain and your heart a breather.
Read that novel, play a tune with that guitar, or express how you feel by writing a poem. No, doing facebook or Instagram is out of the picture and that’s what comes next.
Digital timeout: Take a Break
Being a freelancer means you’re always doing work on a computer or laptop so you’re online every minute of every day. Make it a habit to distance yourself from gadgets and reduce your screen time. It will help to rest your eyes and your head.
That’s it! Pretty easy ways you can apply while sitting in your desk kind of pointers because managing stress should never be stressful itself. Cheers towards a stress-free freelancing practice! Good luck!