Can I prevent my stress?

Stress isn’t avoidable but it is manageable. A key action in order to minimise risk is to identify stress-related problems as early as possible, so that action can be taken before serious stress-related illness occurs.

If you’re stressed, whether by your job or something more personal, the first step to feeling better is to identify the cause. The most unhelpful thing you can do is turn to something unhealthy to help you cope, such as smoking or drinking.

In life, there’s always a solution to a problem. Not taking control of the situation and doing nothing will only make your problems worse. The keys to good stress management are building emotional strength, being in control of your situation, having a good social network, and adopting a positive outlook.

Things you can do

  1. Avoid Unhealthy Habits - Don't rely on alcohol, smoking and caffeine as your ways of coping.
  2. Connect With People - A good support network of colleagues, friends and family can ease your work troubles and help you see things in a different way.
  3. Don't Be A Slave to Tech - Have phone free moments or turn your notifications off for a few hours and do not check your phone until you have accomplished a little goal. Turn your phone off an hour before bedtime.
  4. Be Active - Exercise won't make your stress disappear, but it will reduce some of the emotional intensity that you're feeling, clearing your thoughts and letting you deal with your problems more calmly.
  5. Manage Your Time - Whether it's in your job or your lifestyle as a whole, learning how to manage your time effectively can help you feel more relaxed, focused and in control.
  6. Find The Positive - Being in control of your thoughts increases your ability to find solutions to challenging situations and to deal more effectively with stress. Focus on what would love to happen rather than what you don’t want.

Useful links & resources

The Stress Management Society
The Stress Management Society is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping individuals and companies recognise and reduce stress. Their website is full of information about stress and hints and tips to help you look after yourself and others.

Time Management
If you never seem to have enough time, better time management may help you regain control of your days. Emma Donaldson-Feilder, a chartered occupational psychologist has some top tips for better time management.

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