You’re short on time, money, and help. You have what feels like a million people to answer to. You have a staff waiting for directives, a board waiting for answers, members waiting for events, and E-mails keep piling up. Let’s not even bring in the family and friends and personal relationships you desperately try to maintain and hold in balance.
You. Are. Stressed.
Sometimes it feels like you’re going to just lose it.
Whenever you get to that point, stop! We won’t even go into what happens if you actually lose it. Instead, take a second and do one of these calm down techniques. Or all of them.
1) Get away from your desk
I’ll bet a lot of stress takes place when you’re at your desk. Although you don’t necessarily sit down and seize up with anxiety, it’s still where the drama happens. Work somewhere else for a little while. If you work from home, try bringing a laptop to a couch or an outside table if the weather is nice. The change of scenery can be refreshing and just what you need to allow yourself to take those deep breaths you need to calm down.
2) Tidy up
They say a chaotic house represents a chaotic mind, and the same could be said for workspaces. Sometimes clearing the clutter helps. Although cleaning is often a chore, many people find that it helps them organize thoughts and find solutions if their workspace is neater. Throw one extra thing away and see how you feel. If it helps, keep going!
3) Listen to music
Sometimes the best thing for the brain is a little distraction. Try music! Your favorite artists are most likely available online using a free service. Or if you find music with lyrics too distracting, there are many classical music and ambient noise stations. Who doesn’t feel better listening to waves crashing on the beach?
4) Take a walk
Physical activity is another thing the body craves and the combination of moving and getting away from your desk is a great way to clear your head. Also many people find that pacing helps people think.
5) Call it a day
Occasionally association executives get to a point where the problem is too intense to handle that day. Sometimes the best thing to do is to just take a step back, take a deep breath, and sleep on it. This is probably one of the toughest things to convince a board to agree to: after all, they want solutions NOW. But sometimes solutions come with time and you aren’t good to anyone if you’re so fried you circle the same solutions and get nowhere. Sometimes the best thing is to just call it a day!
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