As chiropractors, one of the main things we treat in our office is STRESS. Really? You thought that we were “back doctors”? It’s true, the main reason that patients come into our office is for some sort of spine pain, but those pains are often only a symptom of a bigger condition: Too Much Stress.
Stress causes a person to tighten up, develop weird postures & movement patterns, and stay in a pro-inflammatory hormonal state. That leads to us, the “back doctors”. We learned long ago (we’ve been doing this for over 10 years now), that almost all of our back pain patients could benefit from stress protection strategies.
We recently came across a fun tool for managing stress and feeling less overwhelmed with life.
Do you have trouble keeping track of your tasks?
This is a common problem with people who are stressed out and overwhelmed. We have a hundred things to do every day. Keeping track of all of them can be impossible, overwhelming, and stressful. You do your best, but keeping all of it in your brain is exhausting. There’s only so much room up there! Inevitably, something falls through the cracks.
- You drive away from the grocery store and suddenly remember you were supposed to get some light bulbs while you were there. Now you have to drive all the way back there. How stressful!
- You meet with a friend for lunch and remember that you were going to ask them something when you saw them, but now, for the life of you, you can’t remember what it was. Oh well, hope it wasn’t important.
- You need to bring something home from work, but you’ve forgotten every day for the past 3 weeks! You’ll probably remember tomorrow.
- You forgot your chiropractic appointment and now Leslie is calling to see where you are! Darn, you were really looking forward to getting an adjustment :)
A lot of people probably already use written lists to help you keep track of things. But there’s a few problems with those lists.
- They get lost.
- You’re often re-writing the same tasks every day.
- Your tasks are unsorted and hard to search through.
- Written lists don’t remind you to look at them.
Now, if you’re totally satisfied with your system and it works for you, then you don’t need to change them. But if you are stressed and overwhelmed by all the stuff you need to get done, then you might want to check out Astrid.
Astrid is a web and smartphone app that is awesome for helping you keep track of all your tasks. And it’s fun to use! Dr. Misty and I have been using it for about a month now, and we totally adore it.
Features & Benefits of Using Astrid
- It’s FREE!
- Get stuff out of your brain! How much energy do you waste trying to keep track of all your tasks? How many times do you have to mentally “remind” yourself of a task, and still forget to complete it. Astrid helps free your mind-space for more important things!
- Never re-write a task again! Now you can keep one set of lists and reference them anywhere you have your smartphone or an internet connection.
- Reminders! Want Astrid to remind you to do something on a certain date or time? It can do that. Want to be reminded about something every week? You can set a recurring task. Want to be reminded to change your oil every 5 months? Set it up and forget about it.
- Sort & Search. You can easily find the task you’re looking for when you need it.
- Multiple lists. This is a great way to keep your lists relevant. Make one for “Home”, “Work”, and “Errands”. That way, you don’t have to sort through a bunch of irrelevant tasks that you can’t complete. Other lists we keep are “Call/Email”, “Computer”, “Agendas”, “Projects”, and “Someday Maybe”. Learn more about stress-free productivity in David Allen’s book.
- Setting up tasks is fun and easy! You can quickly add tasks by typing or voice (mobile app), setup reminders, and set your brain free.
- Turn emails and missed phone calls into tasks. Get your inbox to ZERO every day. Never forget to return a phone call.
If this sounds like a solution that could help protect you from stress and get you out of overwhelm, then don’t be afraid to give it a try. It’s FREE!
Remember, it might feel awkward at first, but with some time and effort, it could be just what the doctor ordered. Stick with it.
And let us know if you have any questions or need any help. We love helping people manage their stress and stay connected to all of their fun activities.