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Karen Gastle

Stress is common for everyone, and because it’s so common, many people simply live with it rather than alleviate it. This isn’t helpful on a personal level and it isn’t helpful on a work level either. It’s not possible for a person or a business to function at its optimal level when there’s stress that’s dragging everything down.

 

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Interior designers can destress in 2018 by using the following tips.


1. Get Organized

Being organized is one of the most important things you can do to help destress your life. When you’re organized, you’re able to manage your time, plan ahead, get more work done, and handle unexpected crises that pop up (and they always pop up).


You also come across as more professional when you’re organized, are able to meet deadlines, and can expertly handle anything that comes your way.


2. Know Your Limits

As much as you want to take on every project and handle every aspect of your business, it’s just not possible. You can certainly try, but eventually, you’ll end up burned out and missing deadlines because you’ve overextended yourself.


It’s vital for your stress levels that you understand your limits and learn how to say no. When you say no to some projects, you can free up your time for more important work and other opportunities that interest you.


3. Take Care of Yourself

It can be easy to become wrapped up in a project and forget about yourself. However, this is the fastest road to stress and burnout. Make sure you take the time to care for yourself.


This includes eating good meals, exercising, staying hydrated, and giving yourself mental breaks. Remember that your mental health is just as important as your physical health.


4. Don’t Work Late

You spend a lot of time on a computer each and every day, and when you’re not on a computer, you’re on your phone. That’s a lot of screen time, and it doesn’t help you destress or let you unwind.


At least an hour before you go to bed, you shouldn’t be working or on a computer. It can be challenging to fall asleep if you go straight from working to sleeping. Give yourself an hour to relax and unwind before you turn out the light.


5. Ask for Help

There’s no shame in asking for help when you need it. Sometimes, workloads can be overwhelming. In order to meet your deadlines, you might need some help from coworkers. It happens to everyone, and the people around you are more than willing to help when asked.


6. Invest in Good Business Management Software

A good business management software program that’s been designed specifically for interior design firms is also what you need in order to destress. This software allows interior designers to be able to keep track of various projects and the different stages they’re in.


Everything is in one place and organized, which will help you relax.


Don’t start 2018 stressed out and wondering how you’re going to manage your workload. Interior designers need to be professional in front of clients at all times. Use these tips to help you handle your workload and your stress levels.

 

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Karen Gastle

As an account manager, Karen has experience working with design firms of all sizes to integrate DesignDocs to streamline business processes, increase administrative efficiencies, and deliver higher profits.
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