An good news out there today? Banks failing; markets falling; Oprah interviewing Moms so overwhelmed with life they've endangered the lives of their children; gas lines in the south; hurricanes hitting the coastlines; MidAmerica hit with weather never before experienced. When will it end? I feel like I'm watching some kind of surreal party where Don Quixote is swinging at windmills and kids are swinging at pinatas.
During recent research on the subject of stress, I found there are a number of things we can each do to deal with these stressful situations Life seems intent on throwing our way.
- When panic strikes, get up and move! That panic is really a physical manifestation of the Fight or Flight Syndrome, which releases a rush of adrenalin into our blood stream. The best way to deal with this is to GET UP AND MOVE! Movement simulates flight --- which calms the body down. Take a walk around the block; walk the dog; go to the mailbox; run the vacuum; check on that project in the copy room. Get your body moving. The longer you sit, the more panicked you will become.
- Turn off the TV. As a journalist, I'm a newsaholic. But the media overkill simply whips up the fury and the fear. Either read the newspaper daily or watch one news program a day. Amazing how much better you will feel.
- Eat light --- eat things which are easy to digest --- why tax your system? Limit the red meat. Eat more veggies and fruit.
- Eat more frequently --- eating less food at more frequent intervals keeps your blood sugar level. Keeping your blood sugar level helps eliminate mood swings.
- Drink more water --- research shows we don't drink enough water. Drink 8 ounces of water every hour to flush and detoxify your system.
- Eliminate or reduce caffeine and sugars from your diet.
- Increase the use of cinnamon, ginger and turmeric in your system to aid digestion and help eliminate muscle spasms. These spices should be as fresh as possible --- not from bottles that have been lazing on someone's shelf for a year. Remember, these and other spices such as cumin, hot peppers, allspice, nutmeg, etc., have been used for centuries in 3rd World Countries as food preservatives and to assist in digestion.
- Try aromatherapy! It's been around for centuries so why not try it? Grapefruit is said to increase the ability to focus; lavender relaxes. Think about it --- ever walk into a house where an apple pie is baking? Doesn't it make you feel marvelous? Don't want to bake a pie? Keep a small pot of water boiling on the back burner and add cinnamon, nutmeg and a vanilla bean to it.
- Try peppermint tea (a few drops of peppermint oil in a bottle of water is an Old Wive's cure for colic that I used for years with my children); try tea with cloves and fresh ginger. Your system will love you.
This is the IDEAL climate for a VIRTUAL ASSISTANT. Have you tried one? If not, why not? You are missing out on something big.
With a VIRTUAL ASSISTANT:
- You do NOT pay for benefits: no sick leave, no vacation, no healthcare.
- You do NOT pay for equipment that is only used when you require a temp.
- You do NOT pay someone for 8 hours when you only need them for 2 hours.
- You do NOT pay for a new temp you must introduce to your office procedures each time you need a temp.
What you DO get with a VIRTUAL ASSISTANT is:
- Someone who provides his/her own equipment.
- Someone who charges only for the amount of time they spend on your project.
- The same person every time you need help --- hence familiarity with your business and your work practices.
- Someone who is available on a unique schedule, including evenings and weekends.
Sound good? You bet! Why pay for what you DON'T need when you can get what you DO need for less with a VIRTUAL ASSISTANT. Less stress; less money; less hassle. A well-trained virtual assistant is what you REALLY need.
So ----- what do you have to lose? And, what ARE you waiting for?