Stress management tips

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I recently attended a short in house course for all staff on Stress management techniques. What initially started out as something I felt would be embarrassing (because I always envisaged myself as one who has low amount of stress in my life) the talk proved very useful.

So I have included below some of the notes relating to the session in the hope that it may prove useful during the course of your working day. People can learn to manage stress and lead happier, healthier lives. Here are some tips to help you keep stress at bay.

Overall try to Keep a positive attitude. (Showing Wisdom/Knowledge, courage, love, justice, temperance, transcendence – six basic character strengths)
  • Accept that there are events that you cannot control. There's a brutal truth about life that some people refuse to accept—you have no control over many of the things that happen to you. People who resist this truth fall into two categories—control freaks or born worriers.

Control freaks believe if they can gain enough control over other staff members and the situations they find themselves in, they can somehow prevent bad things from happening.

Born worriers, on the other hand, fret about everything from natural disasters to deadly diseases to what will happen if you say no to a teacher. It’s as if they believe thinking hard enough about all the potential worst case scenarios will somehow keep them safe. But neither of these strategies can prevent a catastrophe. Instead, born worries and control freaks put their time and energy into the wrong places. And ultimately, those strategies backfire and create even more stress.

  • Be assertive instead of aggressive. Assert your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive.
  • Learn and practice relaxation techniques; engage in a sport, reading, singing or try tai-chi regularly. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.
  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Stop altogether or go easy on alcohol.
  • Learn to manage your time more effectively. Keep a Diary and most importantly use it. Prioritise what is
    • HIGH - very important (must be immediately dealt with) ,
    • less important (can be left for a few hours or a day) to
    • LOW - least important (can be dealt with at some future point). Avoid interruptions to you time
  • Set limits appropriately and learn to say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life. This includes late practical requests, interruptions to your time which severely impact on how you can effectively and efficiently manage your time
  • Make time for hobbies, interests, and relaxation.
  • Get enough rest. Every person is different, but getting a good night’s sleep (typically 6 hours) is considered to be very important. Remember, your body needs time to recover from stressful events. This includes, moving house, a death in your family, an accident at home or at work, the birth of a child,
  • Don't rely on alcohol, prescriptive or illegal substance, or compulsive behaviours to reduce stress.
  • Seek out social support. Spend enough time with those you enjoy.
  • Seek treatment with a specialist (like a Doctor, psychologist) or indeed any other professional trained person who is trained in or techniques to learn healthy ways of dealing with the stress in your life.