How to Decrease Stress Like A Boss

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Good health is an important part of leadership. Daily stresses of the job can wear you down and have you losing sleep, increasing your blood pressure, eating more or practicing other bad habits. 

Think about the last time you felt bad.

Were you able to focus on work? I’m sure it was very difficult. You definitely won’t perform at your top level in this condition.

Finding a way to decrease stress helps you stay balanced, connected, peaceful and enjoying your life.

So how can you stay balanced?  Here’s one way:

Relax in the Morning

You’ve heard the adage, “The early bird catches the worm”. Well, let’s take some time to enjoy the worm.

Getting up early definitely has its benefits. You can get some work done in quiet solitude. You could exercise to clear your mind and get energized for the day. Some use the time to catch up on emails and respond to anything that may need immediate attention.

This week, why not take a couple of those early minutes and be mindful of what’s around you. Instead of rushing out with your java in hand, why not drink your coffee on the porch and watch the sun rise?

I love waking up and hearing the birds sing and seeing the fresh dew on the grass. It reminds me that yesterday is done and forgiven. We are blessed with a new chance to right any wrongs. We have a new opportunity to make a difference.

You could also recite your affirmations. What do you want from life? How do you see yourself?

Command your morning. Speak those things you desire. Remind yourself that you are smart, beautiful, successful and loved. See yourself achieving your goals. How does it feel? Take a few minutes to experience who you aspire to be and embrace who you are now.

How about extending your shower? Just allow the stream of warm water to massage you while smelling the fragrance of your favorite soap or shower gel. Yasss!

You set the tone for the rest of your day. There’s nothing worse than beginning your day in a rush. Taking those few moments to relax will make all the difference in the world.

Do It Now:

What is relaxing for you? Is it singing? Playing music? Schedule time to do it. This week, set your alarm 30 minutes early this week and do whatever relaxes you.

How has it made a difference? Share with me.

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Nancy Kirk-Gettridge is founder of Phenomenal Image, an executive development firm focused on helping her clients gain confidence and take control of their careers. Confronting workplace challenges and her own limiting beliefs, Nancy is committed to helping her clients see themselves as qualified leaders and risk-takers. Nancy frequently writes about resolving gender bias in the workplace. Key topics include career management, leadership training/development, succession planning and overcoming workplace issues.
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