Stress Management Blueprint: A Checklist for The Chronically Stressed

Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed by the symptoms of chronic inflammation in your body due to chronic stress and lifestyle? Waking up to the same old same old of bodily aches and trying to manage your illness as well as get through another work day. 

I too, unfortunately, remember those days and had realized the need for change. BJ Palmer, the developer of Chiropractic, would say, “Life’s a series of slips and checks”. The key is to recognize the slips and not stay in the rut too long. For those living in the rut at the moment.

Let’s take a look at a practical checklist designed to help you manage your time and stress more effectively, ensuring that you have the opportunity to jump out of your rut. Feeling more empowered and take your health back.

Checklist Item #1: Evening Reflection & Tomorrow’s Blueprint

  • Why it’s important: This helps you capture the essence of winding down and clearing your mind with meditation at the same time preparing for the day ahead with clear, organized thoughts.
  • Getting started:
    • Start with 2-5 minutes: For beginners, starting with 2 to 5 minutes can be effective in clearing the mind and establishing a routine.
    • Reflect and Review: Writing down tasks the night before can significantly enhance productivity and reduce stress.
    • Prioritize: Write down the tasks you need to accomplish tomorrow. Prioritize them using a system that works for you. Aim for a manageable number of tasks, typically 5-7, to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Checklist Item #2: Self Care Time

  • Why it’s important: With your prioritized list and a clear mind from the previous evening, dedicate specific times for specific activities. This helps prevent task overlap and keeps you mentally focused.
  • Getting started:
    • Use the phone calendar to color-code different activities.
    • Example: Block 8-10 AM for deep work tasks, 12-1 PM for lunch with kids, 5-7 PM for family time, 7-8 PM Self Care, etc.

Checklist Item #3: Limit Distractions:

  • Why it’s important: Minimizing interruptions enhances focus, making you more efficient and less prone to errors.
  • Getting started:
    • Set your phone and computer to “Do Not Disturb” during critical work blocks
    • Example: Check emails and messages at a designated time instead of after every notification.

Checklist Item #4: Evaluate and Adapt

  • Why it’s important: Regular evaluations help recalibrate your efforts towards more effective strategies.
  • Getting started:
    • Start the week with a 10-minute reflection on what was achieved and what wasn’t the previous week. You already have a nightly reflect and review.
    • Example: Review your week every Sunday to plan for a more structured week ahead.

Checklist Item #5: Delegate Tasks

  • Why it’s important: Sharing the load can alleviate stress and improve overall productivity.
  • Getting started:
    • Identify tasks that can be delegated and assign them appropriately.
    • Example: Involve family members or colleagues in your responsibilities to balance the workload.

Closing Thoughts:

Time management is essential for maintaining good health and overall well-being. I’ve seen in myself that when I have properly managed my time, it has a positive impact on my health. Effectively organizing and prioritizing tasks reduces stress, enhances productivity, and ensures a balanced lifestyle. By allocating time for physical activity, meal preparation, adequate sleep, and relaxation, individuals can support their physical and mental health. Poor time management often leads to rushed meals, skipped workouts, and inadequate rest, which can contribute to chronic stress and health issues. Therefore, mastering time management is a crucial skill for sustaining a healthy, fulfilling life.

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