Stress is the product of a complex relationship between the pressures or demands that you experience and the resources you have available to respond to them. Below are a series of stress-prooofing techniques that will help you to cope with stress and prevent it from escalating.
- Slow down a little - trying to do everything quickly adds to stress and often produces inferior results.
- Learn to accept yourself - you're human after all and likely to make mistakes from time to time. Learn from them rather than beating yourself up over them.
- Think positively - negative thinking often produces negative outcomes.
- Get some exercise. It's easier to manage pressure when you're physically fit.
- Monitor your alcohol intake. Keep within the recommended guidelines of 21 units a week for men and 14 units a week for women
- Quit smoking - smoking exacerbates feelings of stress
- Cut down on caffeine - caffeine stimulates the stress response
- Avoid dehydration - drink plenty of water, fruit juice or tea during the day. Go easy on the coffee though!
- Take a lunch- break each day - away from your work area
- Build mini-breaks into your work day
- Learn to avoid over-committing yourself
- Find time for friends and family
- Take your full holiday entitlement
- Talk about any difficulties you are having rather than bottling them up
- Remember to keep things in perspective -avoid making mountains out of molehills
- Monitor your working hours - make sure you're allowing time for things other than work
- Learn the ability to 'switch off' and relax