Self-Care for Professional Organizers: Managing Worry

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a worried woman

As the owner of your own business, it’s natural that you’ll feel worried from time to time. How can I get more clients? Am I charging the right amount for my services? What if I get too busy to serve my clients properly? What if I’m not good enough?

And your business probably isn’t the only thing you worry about. Depending on your personal situation, you may also worry about your children, your relationships with others, your finances and many other things. For some reason, women seem to be even more susceptible to excessive worrying. However, we need to realize that excessive worrying is a danger in itself.

There are many health problems that can arise when we allow ourselves to worry too much. Although it is normal to worry, when you find yourself worrying about something practically all day, every day, it can lead to many different health problems. Some of the illnesses that can result from stress and worry include:

  • Anxiety Attacks
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Physical Illness
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Muscle Tension
  • Weak Immune System
  • Premature Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Attack
  • Memory Loss

Keep in mind that this is not a complete list! As you need to remain in good health for the benefit of both your family and your business, it’s essential that you learn how to manage your worry. Here are a few things that can help:

Eat Right:

Some people tend to overeat when they’re worried about something. Others consume foods that aren’t good for them, or even skip meals altogether. It’s important to make sure you’re eating enough throughout the day, but also make sure you aren’t overdoing it either. Focusing on eating a healthy, balanced diet helps take your mind off of the things you’re usually worrying about, and helps keep you in good physical health as well.

Exercise:

Exercising has a way of making us feel better. When you exercise, you give your mind a break and release chemicals within your body that work to improve your immune system. It can benefit you in many ways, including increased energy level and stamina, reduced anxiety, tension and depression, better sleep and lower stress levels.

I love to walk, but sometimes I think I’m too busy and don’t have time. However, I’ve found that when I go out and walk alone or with a friend for an hour or so before beginning my workday, I’m actually more productive! I don’t know if it’s a result of the physical activity or if it’s because I work harder to make up the time – all I know is that it works!

Relax:

Make time to relax every day, whether you choose to read a book, watch television, soak in the bathtub or work on your favorite hobby. The key is that you take the time to do whatever it is that relaxes you every day. Even if you can only find 20 minutes, it will help reduce your worrying tremendously.

I’ve chosen to keep my evenings free for personal activities, unless I have a speaking engagement, am attending a business event, or am facing a really tight deadline. No matter how much you love your work, life is too short to spend it all working!

No man on his death bed ever looked up into the eyes of his family and friends and said, I wish I’d spent more time at the office. – Author Unknown

Meditate:

Meditation has been around for centuries and is well-known for its therapeutic powers. To meditate correctly, you must be in a quiet place and be still. You must clear your mind and concentrate on nothing but the present. This means that you must not allow your mind to think about anything that may happen in the future or has happened in the past.

I have to confess, the only time I’ve been able to meditate was as part of a yoga class, and even then, I had trouble keeping my mind clear. However, for many people, daily meditation is very effective in helping manage worry and stress.

Get Counseling:

If you’ve tried all of the above strategies, but still struggle with excessive worrying, consider seeing a therapist. Sometimes just having someone to talk to will help, but sometimes excessive worrying is a symptom of an anxiety disorder, which can be treated.

Just as your clients seek your professional help for their organizing challenges, you should not be afraid to seek professional help if you need it.

Managing your stress level is critical to staying healthy! Do it for your family, do it for your business, and do it for yourself.

How do you keep your worrying under control?

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A former professional organizer, I'm now a Website Design and Care Specialist. I love helping others succeed by sharing the knowledge and insight I’ve gained through marketing my own business for over 15 years! When I’m away from my desk, I enjoy reading, photography, watching movies, and cooking.

Gravatar mystery man

A former professional organizer, I'm now a Website Design and Care Specialist. I love helping others succeed by sharing the knowledge and insight I’ve gained through marketing my own business for over 15 years! When I’m away from my desk, I enjoy reading, photography, watching movies, and cooking.

4 Comments

  1. Tracy Tracy on October 10, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Great tips, Janet!!
    Prayer is my favorite stress reliever. I can give all of my stress and worry over to the God who is in control and big enough to handle the situation that I am worried about. Being grateful and thanking God and others out loud for all the things I DO have gives me a fresh perspective, too! 🙂

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on October 10, 2011 at 11:06 am

      Thanks for sharing, Tracy! That’s an especially good message today, as we Canadians are celebrating Thanksgiving. 🙂

  2. Avatar Julia Wooster on November 14, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Reiki can also help with relaxation. Speaking from experience, after my first Reiki session I was almost a different person. I didn’t “sweat the small stuff” and the overall sense of peacefulness I felt was amazing. Highly recommend it.

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