Hello there and welcome to the seventh episode of The Life Without Overwhelm Show. I'm your host Mister productivity, also known in the real world as Mark Struczewski.
We're going to talk about reducing stress.
Anybody out there ever deal with stress ever? Stress is a part of life. And I am just going to give you some really simple ways that you can, you won't be able to eliminate stress (that is a pipe dream), and I don't believe you can actually totally eliminate stress, but you can certainly eliminate stress.
So I've got five ideas for you to consider implementing in your life so you can have less stress, more peace, you ready?
So number one, I want you to really think about how much news you're consuming every day. I want you to think about social media. Whether that's Facebook or Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, YouTube, you know, the social medias.
Or maybe you're watching a streaming news cast, maybe you go to a website, maybe you subscribe to an email newsletter, maybe you get your news from your friends, who every time something happens in the world, as much as you try to disconnect from it, they're letting you know.
So right now think about how much news you are consuming every day, intentionally or unintentionally. It's probably a lot. I know, for myself, I have one new source I check into every day. And I try to follow one of the key tenets I teach you on and that is to stay informed, not obsessed. So, if someone were to say you to you, "What do you think about the pandemic?" and you go pandemic? COVID? What? You should know what COVID is, okay? But you shouldn't know everything there is to know about COVID or the pandemic or about Facebook or anything like that.
So stay informed but not obsessed. What I want you to do is, if you have trouble staying away from the news, I want you to give yourself the gift of one trusted news source that you can tune into. I don't care if it's on social media, or on a streaming site or a blog, I don't care what it is your medium, it doesn't matter. And only that source do you tune into. And if you have friends that are constantly sending you articles, or images or videos, or whatever the case may be, you have to tell them, "look, I have identified my source of the news and you ain't it! So what I'm going to do is I instead of listening to you, I'm gonna go to this one source."
Now if you live with someone or you have a friend who always send you this stuff, you've got to train them. It's really important you reduce the number of exposures you have to the news. Now some people go all in and they don't watch the news, though, you can do that. Great. I don't subscribe to that. I do watch one newscast on one particular outlet. It's not on cable. It's not over the air. It's only on the internet. I trust this individual. And that's the only news I watch fine. You pick one news source. And that's all you need to do. So you're informed but you're not assessed.
Number two, I want you to who is in your inner circle. You are being influenced, whether you realize it or not, every day, both positively and negatively. I want you to think about your inner circle. Who is in your inner circle? Who is influencing you? Are they edifying? Are they uplifting? Are they encouraging? Because if they are, that equals less stress.
Or are they negative? Are they like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh? Are they downers Debbie Downers? Negative Nellies? I want you to consider seriously consider getting rid of people from your inner circle. Disconnect from the people who are not good influences on you. Think about who's in your inner circle, and just ask yourself, "are they pushing you towards your goals or pulling you away from your goals?"
Number three: who are you following on social media? There are so many people you can follow on Facebook and Instagram and TikTok and LinkedIn and YouTube and Twitter. Again, it goes back to what I just talked to you about your inner circle. Are the people you're following on social media encouraging and edifying you? Or are they constantly complaining and ridiculing people? I want you to give serious consideration to cease following people who don't make you feel good. Just ask yourself, "when I see this person talk about anything, how does it make me feel?" Do you feel, "oh my gosh, I have body aches, I get stressed, I get a headache?" Or do they encourage you. If they're not encouraging you believe just unfollow them.
Idea number four, I want you to pay particular attention to what you watch and read. This is a separate thing from the news. I want you to consider what you are you watching. And what are you reading? Are you watching stuff that's a lot of gore, a lot of violence, a lot of anger, a lot of hatred? Because if you are, and same with reading, that goes in your subconscious mind. This adds stress to the body.
Or are you watching things that make you feel good? If you're watching stuff that's all about tearing people down, that's all about making fun of people, or different races or nationalities. That's not good.
So whatever you're reading blogs, books, whatever, or whatever you're watching, how does it make you feel?
My fifth idea to reduce your stress is to take micro-breaks whenever you need to.
Here's what a micro break is. When you're frustrated, when you're overwhelmed, when you start feeling like things aren't right, what I want you to do is get up from wherever you are, and physically walk someplace quiet. If you're inside, go outside. If it's raining go someplace where it's sheltered.
I don't want to be on your phone, talking to anybody, thinking about what you're working on, what you are working on, the office gossip, the meeting coming up next, etc. I just want you to be quiet. Just be present. Just be quiet. Take as many these as you need, and I promise you, it'll make you feel wonderful, absolutely wonderful.
Nico-breaks don't have to take you more than four or five minutes. But it will do you a world of good.
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