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How to deal with stress

Looming deadlines, targets, money problems and day to day life can create pressure and stress.

The NHS has recognised that stress can lead to health issues such as sleep problems, loss of appetite, difficulty concentrating and sweating. It is also common for someone suffering from stress to feel anxious and irritable, with a short temper.

Not only can this have a negative impact on your professional life but also on personal relationships with friends and family.

There never seems to be enough time in the day and as a result, stress can take over. Unfortunately, stress is on the increase but with these helpful tips, managing stress in the work place can be made much simpler.

Regular exercise

Regular exercise is not only great for your health but an excellent way to destress. A simple 30-minute walk can make a huge difference when handling stress.

Whether it is on your lunch break with a colleague or after work with a friend or family member, a 30-minute fast pace walk will enhance your cardiovascular health and provide many other benefits.

Give it a go today and reap the rewards!

Learning ways to relax

Sometimes it’s hard to switch off and relax, it’s even harder when you’re stressed. Finding different ways to relax can greatly reduce your stress. You could read a book, cook or even try meditation. Doing activities that you enjoy can make a big impact on reducing your stress, it will also put you in a happier and brighter mood!

Good time management techniques

One of the main causes of stress is meeting deadlines. Learning ways to manage your time better will help you prioritise your task list. This will help with your workload. This grid from SkillsYouNeed demonstrates how to handle tasks which have high importance vs high urgency.

Learn to practise mindfulness

Learning how to practise mindfulness is recognised to be a method of becoming aware of our thoughts and feelings. MindfulnessNow says that mindfulness techniques are able to alter our feelings in a positive way which can help us deal with stress and anxiety.

Learning what triggers your stress- keep a diary

Keeping a diary of how you feel and what happened during the day can help you identify the triggers of your stress. Once these triggers are identified, you will be able to learn ways to manage them when they arise.

By following some of these simple steps, you can reduce your stress levels and the impact stress has on your health and wellbeing.

So don’t put it off, start today and see the rewards tomorrow!