TECHNOLOGY • July 28, 2016
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As an entrepreneur, your day-to-day responsibilities are intense, which often leads to high stress levels, and even burnout. Research shows that stress increases the risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke. But the good news is that there are many ways to manage that stress, and they all fit in the palm of your hand. For today’s back to school lesson, we’re encouraging everyone to go to recess—that is, take some time for rest and relaxation. These helpful smartphone apps that will teach you to turn off and tune into yourself for a few minutes each day, giving you the time you need to recharge.
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Meditation is one of the most recommended tactics in the war against stress, but with a million things on your mind every day, it can be hard to take a minute to clear it all out and just do nothing. Invoices still need to be paid. Employees still need to be hired. However, all those tasks will be there when you return from this tiny vacation in your mind. It may be hard at first, but research shows that mindfulness makes a positive impact on stress levels, resilience, even our decision-making capabilities. So consider trying a meditation app likeBuddhify, Calm or Headspace and start meditating in as little as 10 minutes a day.
Exercise is a natural stress reliever, but it can be hard to work it into your day when there are other urgent matters to take care of. You don’t have to spend hours at the gym. With apps like Couch to 5k or 7 Minute Workout, you can get intense exercise in minimal time. The majority of healthcare professionals recommend moderate daily exercise to relieve stress, whether it’s yoga, which has its own set of stress-busting properties, or any other activity you enjoy. If you’re new to the fitness world, start small. Just take a walk, using a tracking app like Map My Walk. Or for road warriors who travel frequently, you can break a sweat in your hotel room with apps like Virtual Trainer Bodyweight or Wherever Workout.
Making the choice to celebrate your wins instead of dwelling on failures is a tactic used by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to cultivate happiness and relieve anxiety. For the uninitiated, CBT is a psychological technique used to treat anxiety and depression by changing a person’s thought patterns, but its benefits can be applied to the business arena as well. Choosing happiness is a surefire way to get you through your stress-filled day. Apps like Moodkit and Happy Habits offer affirmation journals, guidance on dealing with negative thought patterns and suggestions on ways to add more happiness to your life.
It may be tempting to try all these tactics all at once, but that’s a lot of homework for most “students.” Start with one healthy habit at a time, and before you know it, you’ll be calm, cool, and collected, ready to face whatever your business throws at you. And we consider that a good lesson to learn.
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