Stress Reduction Strategies When You’re Under the Pump

Stress Reduction Strategies When You’re Under the Pump

Recently a number of clients have commented on rising stress levels. Things definitely can get hectic in the run up to Christmas. So for those feeling under the pump at this busy time of year, this blog explores stress reduction strategies.

In essence, this is an invitation to go gently and let go of any unnecessary burdens you habitually place on yourself both now and during other times of stress throughout the year.

How do we manage stress reduction when under pressure?

Here Are Three Effective Ways to Lighten Your Load

First, take a look at your list of ‘To Do’s’

Is everything on your list absolutely necessary?

Notice if there are any ‘shoulds’ and ask yourself “Is this something I really want to do?” If yes, then choose it consciously and approach the task with a willing heart.

If not, let it go, or delegate it.

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”

– Bruce Lee

Second, get objective to the voice in your head

What are you focussing on in mind that might be creating a heavy feeling? Is it: the need to uphold perfectionistic standards; other people’s behaviour; how things should be but aren’t; guilty thoughts about what you should be doing but aren’t; possible worrisome scenarios that could possibly play out; relentless schedules; grievances; doubt… ?

As soon as you notice any heaviness, (which will show up as a feeling) look for the associated thoughts, and then mindfully drop those heavy weights. Let yourself revel in the lightness and relief.

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”

– William James 

Third, review your relationships

Do some of your relationships feel dutiful or entangled? Are there any you no longer value or enjoy?

What does honouring the relationship you have with yourself look like?

If other people’s needs have taken precedence over your own, what would it look like to give your needs equal priority?

If a relationship feels like an obligation, consider what you want to do about it: Are there roles you no longer want to perform? Are there topics you no longer want to engage in? Do you have permission to say “no” sometimes even if it feels uncomfortable?

“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”

– Loa Tzu

This Christmas, Don’t Wrap Yourself in Knots

If you’re already feeling under the pump as the Christmas break approaches, use these simple and effective strategies to help reduce stress.

And as you mindfully let go of unnecessary burdens, allow yourself to enjoy the ensuing freedom and lightness.


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