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Top tips for managing stress 181111

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Physical and mental illness caused by excessive stress impacts half a million people every year in the UK. With our lives becoming busier and busier, learning how to handle stress is becoming more …

Physical and mental illness caused by excessive stress impacts half a million people every year in the UK. With our lives becoming busier and busier, learning how to handle stress is becoming more important both in our personal and professional lives. With this in mind, 5 tips have been outlined below to help you keep on top of life’s ups and downs.

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  • 1. Top Tips on Managing Stress
  • 2. Physical and mental illness caused by excessive stress impacts half a million people every year in the UK. With our lives becoming busier and busier, learning how to handle stress is becoming more important both in our personal and professional lives. With this in mind, 5 tips have been outlined below to help you keep on top of life’s ups and downs.    
  • 3. 1. Recognise the symptoms   There are many physical, emotional, and behavioural symptoms associated with stress and it is important to recognise these signs and act on them quickly to prevent any long-term damage! Although symptoms vary between individuals, typical physical symptoms may include aches and pains, diarrhoea or constipation, nausea, dizziness chest pain, rapid heartbeat or a loss of sex drive. Emotional symptoms could include moodiness, irritability, agitation, poor judgement, excessive worrying, depression and general unhappiness. Finally an increase in nervous habits, eating or sleeping more/less or even procrastination could be typical behaviour symptom. Whatever the symptoms or change in behaviour, recognising and acting on this is pivotal to dealing with stress.
  • 4. 2. Identify the “stressors”!   There are many elements of our lives, which can cause stress: work, money, personal relationships, ill health, children & family, moving house, or any major life changes. In most cases, there can be a range of factors from a number of areas, which can lead to excessive pressure and stress. To identify the “stressors” which impact your life, completing a life audit can help to pin point the areas of your life, which need to be addressed.
  • 5. 3. Use personal resource already available to you. Consider :   Get organised! Write down everything you have to do and the deadlines you are working to. Diarize your “to do” list making sure time allocated is realistic for the task, and is achievable alongside other activities (including any social events). If in doubt, consider what must I do, (as opposed to should/ could) and what is the impact of not doing it? Can you dump, delegate or defer it?
  • 6. 3. continued   Take regular breaks during the day to either get a drink, go for a stroll or just get some fresh air! A 30-minute walk can lower blood pressure and increase the release of endorphins (the happy hormone), as well as give you the space to slow down.
  • 7. 3. Continued   Learn to breathe again! Take yourself away from the stressor and take a slow deep breath in through your nose (counting to 8), hold the breath and slowly breath out for a further 8 seconds. Repeat at least 3 times.
  • 8. 4. Create an action plan   Once you have identified what the stressors are, and some techniques to combat the effects, create an action plan and stick to it! When identifying your actions consider what actions are in your control or can be directly influenced by your actions? If the actions are beyond your control, pick more realistic actions that are workable and identify what, how and when you will implement them.
  • 9. 5. Seek Support   Finally remember, “A problem shared is a problem halved”! Look to share your feelings or problems with others and use the support networks available to you at work and at home. Most companies offer an employee assistance programme with 24-hour support to discuss both work and personal issues. Alternatively contact either Mind ( http://www.mind.org.uk/ ) or the Samaritans (08457 909090) who are always at hand to support day and night.
  • 10.   Find out more about online courses and tips. Including Prince2 Project Management Course and Management Leadership Courses with Thales Training and Consultancy