5 Life Hacks to Beat Stress

I’m writing this article a few days after I returned from the Philippines.

Last week was just intense. In just two days, we hired X number of people.

I’m so proud of our growing operations team and I’m happy we already have a solid recruitment department.

How fast did time fly?!

Which takes me back to a different time in my life, before virtual assistants.

A couple of years ago, I was working full time in an office as a financial advisor.

I was managing a team and going through endless meetings and paperwork.

I had long work hours and hardly enough time for myself and my family.

Honestly, I was SOOOOOOO STRESSED OUT.

I’m sure a lot of financial advisors, mortgage brokers, real estate agents, and other business owners can relate to this.

We experience a high level of stress where we often feel like we don’t have enough time to get things done.

In a way, we’re literally carrying the world in our shoulders.

Stress affects you physically, emotionally, and psychologically.

Although stress is often seen as negative, it does have positive effects.

A certain amount of “good stress” — stress that’s beneficial and motivating — helps you meet daily challenges and motivates you to reach your goals.

However, if it’s too much stress — even if some of it is the good kind — we can still experience emotional, physical, and mental health problems.

Coming from an extremely draining 72-hour work routine to working 45-50 hours a week and I being able to take Fridays off as an Adventure Day, the difference is humongous!!!

I’d like to thank my amazing virtual assistants for bringing peace and time back into my life.

I managed to get my life back and enjoy doing things I’m passionate about – being active, helping others live a better life, travelling overseas or around Australia, and most importantly, spending more time with my family.

Other than my amazing team keeping me sane, I also follow a personal routine to beat stress.

I’d be happy to share the 5 personal hacks that work for me, I hope it makes a difference for you too.

Meditate

Imagine that it’s raining and there’s a hole on the roof. You place a bucket to catch the water and as the water fills it up, it overflows.

As amazing as the human mind is, sometimes you need to unload it to keep it functioning properly.

Meditating helps you clear your mind and refresh it.

Scientifically — Just so you know I’m not making this up— meditation can help your brain grow, increases blood flow to your brain, reduces blood pressure and heart rate, boosts the immune system, it even slows down the ageing process.

It eliminates negative thoughts, worries, anxiety, and other factors that can prevent us from feeling happiness.

Meditation can help make you more resilient to stress.

The most important benefit of meditating is that it helps you connect with yourself. It can help increase your sense of purpose and meaning.

Exercise

Exercising after an absolutely exhausting day at work has been therapeutic for me.

You might think it’s crazy, but hear me out.

Exercise and other physical activities, like biking, running or lifting weights at the gym, produce endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as painkillers and make you feel good.

You’ll also sleep better if you get a good work out.

Studies show that exercising is also effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and enhancing overall cognitive function.

This can be especially helpful when stress has made your energy levels low.

So find time to sweat it out. Go take a run. Work out. Swim. MOVE!

Go Outside

One of the easiest ways for you to destress is to step out, look at the trees, and just breathe.

Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces negative emotions and stress, as well as increases positive feelings.

In addition, nature helps us cope with pain and heal faster. Studies have shown how patients recover faster in a room with a plant or a view of nature.

Moving to Bright has made me appreciate nature even more.

During summer, I get to go hiking, mountain biking, hiking, and camping with my family and friends.

We have a veggie patch that we take care of and a couple of trees that give us amazing fruits. We also have some wild raspberries and blackberries growing near.

Being able to go outside of our home and pick these fresh fruits and veggies is a different experience.

Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. Get into nature.

Time For Yourself

We often give so much time for our jobs and other people that we don’t realise we’re not giving time to ourselves.

On a previous blog, I talked about what makes me happy.

Along with seeing my staff grow and giving them an opportunity to live a better life, having a quality “Me Time” is important for my mental, physical and spiritual health and happiness.

I find that I can effectively deal with everything else after spending an hour or more by myself, doing things that I enjoy.

Everyone needs “Me Time”, and I’m not just saying that because I’m an introvert.

Having time for yourself allows you to contemplate and focus on what you want. It gets you thinking about how you can reach your goals.

More importantly, it also helps you understand yourself better.

Some people go through life without asking themselves “What is my purpose?”

Time for yourself is key to finding your life’s mission.

Be Silly

There’s no fear when you’re having fun.

Will Thomas

People who don’t know me often see me as cold and calculating, as I have been frequently told.

They’ve probably only seen me on my bad days.

But the truth is, I LOOOOOVE humour.

I enjoy acting silly to brighten up someone’s day.

I crack jokes when I can and just try to generate as much laughter.

I act silly around my wife and son.

In fact, we’d often turn the radio on and sing and dance around the kitchen.

The laughter I get from my family fuels me and makes me feel really good.

It’s a cliché but it’s true. Laughter is indeed the best medicine.

These 5 things, as of date, are the most effective ways for me to beat stress. How about you? Leave me a comment below.

One Response

  1. Justin says:

    That’s brilliant Brian! That was a great article. I’ve been thinking about meditation for some time now and struggled with the routine or ritual of fitting it into daily life so I thought I’d just attach it to the end of a training session. So true about laughing and having fun!

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