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FEELING STRESSED OUT? By Kate Swann and Kristina Mamrot
27June/2014

FEELING STRESSED OUT? By Kate Swann and Kristina Mamrot

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FEELING STRESSED OUT? By Kate Swann and Kristina Mamrot

Here are some tips on how to turn down the stress when you’ve gone into overdrive:

 

1.    Identify the sources of stress in your life. This isn’t easy because it’s not always obvious. Look carefully at your life – are you feeling stressed about your stress levels? Are there outside influences for your stress such as workplace or family pressures?

 

  1. Now look at the role you play in creating and maintaining your stress levels and try to accept responsibility rather than blaming others. For example, you might be feeling stressed at work with too much to do in too little time, but if you haven’t effectively communicated your concerns then you haven’t taken responsibility for your role in creating it. Sit down with your boss or supervisor and work together on some solutions.

 

  1. Avoid the stressors that can be avoided. For example, if sitting in a traffic jam every morning on the way to work stresses you, take the train a couple of mornings instead and read a book. Or if certain people create excess stress for you, limit your exposure to them.

 

  1. Learn to say ‘no’. Equip yourself with a few positive phrases such as, “I’d really like to help you out, but I’m overcommitted at the moment, so I’ll have to say no”, or “that sounds like a great project, but I won’t be able to get to it for at least a week”, or “I know this sounds boring, but I can’t go out more than once during weeknights because I get too tired, and I’ve already committed – can we check the following week?” If you struggle with saying ‘no’ on the spot, play for time to work out a ‘no’ that you’re happy with by using delaying tactics such as, “I don’t make any decisions without checking my diary first”, or “I’ll have to check and get back to you”.

 

  1. Take control of your environment. If supermarkets stress you out – shop online. Get organised around the house and at work by making ‘to do’ lists and cross off jobs that have been completed.

 

  1. Avoid topics that are likely to trigger your stress levels. For example, if you hate talking about politics, try changing the conversation politely or simply state that you’d prefer not to talk politics as you find it stressful. If these strategies aren’t successful, get up and walk away – you don’t need to put yourself through unnecessarily stressful conversations.

 

  1. Have a good look at your schedule and work out where you can cut it down. If you’re unsure about whether cutting back on an activity such as exercising is a good idea, check with a friend for a different perspective. Exercise is important and can help with stress management, but if you’re stressing about getting to a class or going for a run, maybe you’re overdoing it.

 

  1. Learn about time management and start planning ahead. Plan out your breaks for the year, so you’ll be able to look forward to them. Make a ‘to do’ list. Start planning meals for the week, when you’re going to go out, which nights you’re home and what you’ll do on those nights, and what’s on at weekends. You don’t need to have every hour of every day scheduled, but planning ahead can cut down on household chores and create a sense of security knowing what’s going to happen next.

 

  1. Accept that stress is a natural part of life. Accepting stress doesn’t mean you have to like it, but you can stop fighting against it. Practise mindfulness or meditation exercises and use them when you’re feeling stressed. Relaxing your attitude towards stress will help you to stop trying to control the uncontrollable.

 

  1. Make time for fun and relaxation - essential tools for beating stress. Try to do something you enjoy every day, and spend time with people you care about!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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