So many things add stress to our lives.

  • Our never-ending to-do lists
  • The current political unrest
  • A years-long pandemic
  • Staying on top of finances
  • Family obligations

I get it. I’m right there with you. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to manage stress.

I’ve discovered a few ways to effectively manage stress in my own life. Try these out and see how they help you.

Get Organized

I have a wife, two kids, and two dogs. I run a business. I volunteer at my church. And the list doesn’t stop there. I understand never-ending to-do lists.

Staying organized is crucial.

Stop, sit down, and organize a list of everything you need to get done.

You may be hesitant to do this. The list itself might stress you out. But give it a try. Your satisfaction will grow as you start checking things off one by one.

Start Delegating

High achievers and perfectionists like to do things themselves so they can control how they’re done. But expecting yourself to do everything causes stress.

That’s why delegation is key.

Start asking for help. Assign housework to the kids. Assign tasks to co-workers. Realize that progress is better than perfection.

And if you don’t have people at home or your job to delegate to? Prioritize your to-do list.

Focus first on things that need to get done. If you can’t get to tasks that aren’t priorities, let them go or try again tomorrow.

When you remove things from your to-do list by delegating or prioritizing, you’ll lift the weight off your shoulders and feel more relaxed.

Discover the Power of Saying No

It’s okay to say no.

Remember that saying yes to something means saying no to something else.

Take time to figure out what’s really important. Life won’t stop just because you didn’t go to that work party.

We often spend so much time being busy that we don’t live our lives.

We don’t have to do it all. Start saying no, and your to-do list—and your stress—will become a lot more manageable.

Create Space for Things You Enjoy

Now that you’ve organized your schedule, delegated a few tasks, and started saying no, make time and space for things you enjoy.

You can’t pour out of an empty cup.

What healthy habits can you start so you can continue to be there for others?

  • Reading
  • Exercising
  • Taking naps
  • Doing nothing

Refueling with something you enjoy will help you manage stress effectively.

As you focus on what fills your cup, protect what you consume. If you listen to music or watch shows that trigger stress or anxiety, it may be time to rethink how you’re spending your time.

It’s critical to become aware of what drains and recharges you. Make sure you’re not spending free time on activities that add stress to your life.

Turn to Faith and Prayer

My faith has been my rock. It’s gotten me through very stressful times.

Block out some quiet time—put it right in your calendar. Ask God to help you with whatever you have going on that day. The support you receive through prayer can get you through your toughest times.

If prayer doesn’t speak to you, try meditating.

Just make sure you set aside the time and space you need to call in assistance—especially when you find yourself in a stressful situation.

If you’d like to talk to someone about faith, feel free to contact me. I know how much my faith has helped me over the years. I’d be happy to have a conversation with you about how you can benefit from it as well.

Managing Stress Isn’t Easy

I’m not saying that managing stress is easy. Your stress won’t be gone forever the second you do these things.

What’s most important is that you’re intentional.

Understand your triggers. Learn what causes you stress so you can avoid it. Then try these tips and see the difference they make. Get started on a path to work through and process stress in a more efficient, effective way.