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027: How to Deal with Stress and Anxiety

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I share 3 very powerful strategies in this episode to help you overcome stress and anxiety.

I have been on the longest holiday I have taken in over 7 years.

It was stressful and uncomfortable to be away from the office for almost 3 weeks.

Thoughts about how my staff and my patients were doing were constantly running through my mind. I was letting it really affect me.

That was until I received a phone call.

I received a phone call by someone close to me who was really stressing over money and a student loan that was hanging over their head.

My advice was simple: Even if you have the money, don’t pay the loan off yet.

My advice was to find out why this was causing him so much stress first.

Then pay off the loan.

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Do you get overwhelmed? Yea, me too!

There is a popular quote I remember once hearing that goes something like this “If you want to get something done, give it to a busy person.” At first, I thought that was crazy. If I want something done, I am not going to give it to someone who has a lot on their plate. I am going to give it to someone who has a lot of free time.

The reality is that as I get busier and busier, I know that quote to be very true.

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I am at a point in my life where I have more and more added to my plate: I run a very busy chiropractic clinic. I have a website. I run the Ultimate Achievement Show podcast. I have a relationship. I have a social life. I have an intense fitness and movement practice. I love to read and write. I have other things in the works that I haven’t even listed here.

Is it overwhelming, you ask? At times, absolutely! I find that when I get overwhelmed, it helps to ask a few really powerful questions.

1 Is this important to me and my growth?

2 What is the lesson here?

3 How can I be more efficient?

Here is the key: I have to answer YES to number one, and if I don’t, I scrap the idea or project. I don’t even move on to number two.

I remember in the past when one or two of the things on my list were overwhelming and now it feels easy. As long as I continue to ask the right questions, continue to persevere and grow, and look for more ways to be effective and efficient, the things that are overwhelming today will be a cake-walk tomorrow.

Lessons:

If things are important to you, don’t give up just because things are hard.

Find ways to become more efficient so you can accomplish more in less time.

Look for ways to delegate things that don’t require your full attention and that will maximize your time and progress.

The terrible affliction that many of us suffer from is being in the same place in our lives today that we were 5 years ago.

Make every year – scratch that – make every DAY better than the day before. Make every day more efficient, more passionate, and more meaningful than the day before.

It is the pursuit, not the destination, where true fulfillment resides.

All the best,

Dr. Matt Westheimer