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How to Reduce Stress

Changes at work

  • organising and managing time effectively - prioritise tasks, delegate where necessary and take care not to take on more than you can handle. Complete one task before go on to the next. It will help you to feel more in control of work.
  • Make time to relax at work by stretching and breathing deeply. This will help you to keep focused and prevent tired muscles. Have a walk during your lunch break.
  • Think which situations stress you most. Practise how you could behave differently in tricky situations Perhaps you need to be more assertive, or you need to learn to "take a step back" in tricky situations.
  • It can seem hard to confront the causes of workplace stress and to ask for help. But sometimes, you need support and advice from your line manager or human resources department to help dealing with difficulties at work, whether it is to clarify your job role and responsibilities, or to deal with workplace bullying.

That it is in everyone's interest that the workplace is as stress-free as possible.

Lifestyle changes

  • Regular activities outside work will take your mind away from work and remind you that there is more to life than the office. Doing various activities you also meet new people and make new friends. Start a creative hobby such as painting, or try a new form of physical activity such as dancing or swimming.
  • Regular physical activity provides valuable "time out" and can trigger brain chemicals that improve mood.
  • Tell your friends / relatives about your worries. It can give a fresh perspective and help to make stressful situations more manageable.
  • Smoking, alcohol and high caffeine intake increase stress levels. Regular meals and a balanced, high-fibre diet will provide sustained levels of energy to keep you on an even keel.
  • Don't be too hard on yourself. Take each day as it comes. At the end of the day, reflect on what you've achieved rather than worrying about future work.
  • Some people need to seek further help for work-related stress. Anyone concerned that they need help should visit their GP for advice. If you are diagnosed with depression, you may be prescribed a course of antidepressants.
  • Courses for stress management, a confidential counselling service or telephone helpline will help in some cases. Libraries, social services and local health centres will have details of local courses.

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