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stress Stress can be difficult for anyone. Depending on what you do, how difficult, and the amount of hours you have to put can add to the stress levels. For me, stress its from almost every direction, about year ago, I decided it was time, to start working toward what I liked doing, so I went back to school and working toward a multimedia degree program in web design and motion production. On top of the schooling I am working part time in the telecom industry, then I freelance freelance for EnterNet Now! , and I also run Evolutionary Designs, where talk about new media, and I do consulting for SEO / social media consulting, a long with WordPress training and consulting services. So at times my stress levels get a little high when I end up having to deal with all this during the week. Has something like this happened to you or worse?

John over at BloggerLuv, asked “me what I do when my stress level get high?”To tell you truth, there isn’t much I do or can do; I was never really good at managing stress levels. When I was younger I could deal with it better, but as I get older I have to remove the stress to be healthy. Lets face it, to much stress is unhealthy and can cause all sorts of health issues. So the best thing we can do for ourselves is to remove as much stress as we can.

Removing Stress

Removing stress can be difficult, so we have to learn what works best for ourselves. Today I wanted to talk with you how I deal with and remove stress from my day-to-day activities. The first thing I do is, create a weekly schedule on my PDA and sync it with Google Calendar. I add everything and try and build a daily schedule. This includes personal, work, freelance school, and blogging schedule. I block off times depending on how much is needed for each thing I do daily. I am not a big fan of such a structured schedule, but it helps stay on schedule and keeps from spending too much time on personal and blogging. By doing this, I remove a lot stress that can be caused by not knowing what I have to do each day or falling behind and spend hours playing catch up.

Creating and maintaining a daily and weekly schedule works great, but there are times, when that doesn’t. During those times, I listen to music while I work. The type of music depends on what type of mood I am in. When the stress gets to the point that my work starts to suffer or I get the stress headaches, I stop working and watch TV or go see a movie, if I have the time. Usually I try and watch something funny. In most cases I like to watch, what I call stupid funny. I generally watch the same moves if I watch them on TV. They tend to be, Super Troopers, Beerfest, Grandma’s Boy, and a few others that take my mind of the stress. Usually after watching something funny puts me in a good mood and I can usually get back to work.

The worse types of stress happen when I am taking design or production classes and gets worse when midterm and final projects are due. During the semester, I am busy and barely get my regular assigned projects completed on time. But when major projects are due this is when my schedule goes crazy. The last few semesters have been rough. During those semesters, I ended up taking on new client projects or had to deal with out of state family issues about the time the projects were assigned or needed to be turned in. When that happened my stress went through the roof. I actually had several times when I completely shut down and couldn’t get any work done. When that happens, its time to take a break and play video game, I pick games that I can blow stuff up. I play mostly first person shooters and action games where I do not have to think too much. Where I can log onto the multiplayer games, and play as long as it takes to remove stress and I am in a good mood again.

These are just some of the major ways I remove stress from my busy life. Removing stress can be easy or it can be hard its all depends on your situation. If you are looking for ways to remove stress, I have also found that working out, running, or going for a walk are great ways to help deal with stress. At other times, I found working in my garden, working on my truck, or doing some off roading in my truck or on the quads works well. In general, just being outside in the sun, getting plenty of vitamin D can help reduce your stress levels.

TIP: To help prevent or lesson the effects of stress, there are few things you can do.

  • Exercise daily
  • Healthy diet – need to have well rounded meals, and make sure to eat breakfast!
  • Reduce sugar and caffeine intake. I drink a lot of caffeine drinks when I am sleep deprived. Not a good idea when stressed.
  • Avoid drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes
  • Get more sleep. I rarely get more than three or four hours of sleep most nights. When I do get more sleep my stress levels are a lot lower.

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James spends most of his free time using social media and loves to teach others about design, web development, CSS, SEO, and social media. He is addicted to Wordpress, social media, and technology. You can reach him on his, personal website, Do not forget to follow him on Twitter @element321

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  1. Wow James you are a busy guy, I am really amazed you do so much but I can see by your organization you manage it well.

    I need to be a bit more organized and like you need to get more sleep, I get more then three hours a night but not enough I think for me.

    Great tips and I’m still amazed at how much you balance:)
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    • Thanks Jenny,

      I am actually thinking about changing things up. Get more sleep and just be healthier. Stress is bad for us, it ages us and causes all sort of health issues. I am also thinking about go back to working full time and take less work freelance work. Its just not as stressful.
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  2. Yowza, James! My hat is off to you. Just ONE of your endeavors would have me breaking out in hives. No wonder you like to blow things up!

    I suppose the key thing is that you see the big picture for your life. Those of us not walking in your shoes can’t possibly know the payoff. I sincerely hope that you continue to shoulder the load in a healthy way so that, when you reach your goal, you’ll be able to enjoy it.

    I understand about the sleep and caffeine, and I wish I could do away with both, LOL.

    Thanks for sharing your amazing story.

    Cheers,

    Mitch
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  3. I dont think people realise how stressful blogging can be. Only bloggers know what it’s like and how much work, time and energy we bloggers put into them, and we regularly get very little in return, that’s why it’s quite easy for us to get stressed out.
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    • Robert, I totally agree! When I first started out, I would get stressed out because I was trying to post daily and juggle freelance and my regular jobs. It just wasn’t possible. I dropped some of the stress from blogger by writing 2 or 3 times a week.
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  4. Although I hate it, I have to admit that often times my stress level can break the “stress thermometer” if I am not careful. getting organized is definitely one form to manage stress and I have learned that the “old school” method works better or me than syncing my PDA with G Calender or anything similar. I just use plain paper with a pencil or pen. Why? Because it will stress me out if the damn thing does not work, lol. Also, I have my daily routine of doing my fitness exercises and “try” to balance my good nights sleep. It works for me :)
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  5. I’d imagine 3 meals at regular times and proper sleep times go a long way toward bodily health.

    Still. Are you sure avoiding drugs helps attack stress? I could really use a beer right now. Or 5.
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  6. I rarely eat 3 times a day. Some days I get one or two in.

    Yes drugs are a big stresser. I agree I could use a beer and it does help for a few minutes. But I cant drink beer and work on client projects :) But at the end of the day and I am sitting back relaxing, there is nothing better than a good beer or 2.
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