You can increase productivity and improve your stress management while slowing down.
So many of the people who over schedule themselves are actually adrenaline junkies. These are people who thrive on drama and crisis. Think in terms of people who clean their house, pack their suitcase, and do hours of work all on the morning that they are leaving on a trip. They had the whole week but they waited and they enjoy that rush of excitement.
Other examples include:
- People who always seem to have a crisis going in their life (real or overblown).
- People who surround themselves with troubled souls who constantly need their help.
- People who are always rushing, with a packed schedule—and if things begin to slow down, they take on more.
- People who regularly have dramatic conflicts in their lives, explode with anger and otherwise cause unnecessary ‘drama’.
- People who wait until the last minute to begin a project, scramble to get it done, and thrive on the whole process.
Conducting life in this way releases cortisol, the stress hormone. During this reaction, certain hormones like adrenalin and cortisol are released, speeding the heart rate, slowing digestion, shunting blood flow to major muscle groups, and changing various other autonomic nervous functions, giving the body a burst of energy and strength.
The autonomic nervous system is then over activated, which may cause serious health problems to develop such as:
- hair loss
- heart disease
- obsessive-compulsive or anxiety disorder
- sexual dysfunction
- tooth and gum disease
90% of doctor visits are for symptoms that are at least partially stress-related!
So how do we increase productivity and improve stress management?
Say “no” to the PTA, to scouts, and to work or personal social functions that are not going to truly nourish you and your goals.
Do not get down on yourself and think that you must do all and be all.
It is okay to realize that you cannot do all things. It is actually SMART to acknowledge that you do have limitations!
If you feel guilty or like saying no makes you a lesser being in some way, then really look at your self-talk and speak to yourself as if you are your best friend, because you ARE your best friend.
It is when you honor yourself and your needs that you will become the most productive.
Are you ready to increase productivity?
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