Coping with Everyday Stress


Coping with stress

By Jenny Dalton Editor Natasha Nkantu

We all live with varying degrees of stress. Anyone who works has experienced some form of stress – meeting deadlines, conflicts with colleagues, long hours, unreasonable expectations … the list is endless. The sheer relentlessness of working everyday is stressful in itself.Knowing yourself and your own stress triggers can also help. Like most things in life, it’s not what happens but how we deal with it. Here are our top tips on dealing with stress:


Breathe– Take a deep breath in and slowly breath out. Sometimes when we feel overwhelmed, taking a breather for a few minutes can help to calm you down and allows you the time to recollect your thoughts.



Meditate– Reflection can be soothing. Having a quiet moment to evaluate and let go of the stress can help you to feel more positive.




Exercise– Physical activity can help relieve stress in the body as well as in your mind.




See loved ones– Family or close friend know us best. They know how to make us laugh and smile.




Take a bath– Soaking your body in a warm bubble bath can almost wash the stress away.




Read– Sometimes an escape to a fantasy world is just the right the distraction from everyday stress.




Listen to music– Soothing music is used in the treatment of stress. It can help to slow your heart rate, helping you to feel more calm and more relaxed.




Priorities– Trying to do too much can be the cause of your stress. Take one task at a time. The workload will seem a lot less and you may get through it more quickly.






Delegate– If it’s still too much, why not share your workload. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether that’s to your colleagues, friends or partner.




Talk– Talking about your stress to a sympathetic friend can help; just by unburdening yourself and sharing your worries you can reduce a problem to a more manageable size. Hearing other people’s problems is also a good stress reliever as it helps you see you’re not the only one suffering and helps you keep your stress in proportion.



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Stress Management Society


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