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Be it at your desk. In your home or at school.

The overwhelming feeling of stress can be triggered anytime, anywhere. It can feel debilitating if you suffer with the physical symptoms.

We’ve put together our Top 10 tips for managing and coping with stress…

Understand your triggers

Knowing what types of situations trigger your flight or fight mode can make managing stress easier. If it’s a work situation, or maybe you have children that just won’t give you a break. Looking for the signs and pre-empting the outcome of situations can lower your stress level significantly. You may even be able to diffuse a situation before it arises.

Prioritise

If you’re experiencing stress at home or at work, you can reduce confusion and emotional stress by making a priority list to manage your workload and responsibilities.

Positive mental attitude

It may sound like a gimmick but trying to maintain a positive attitude really can help with reducing the emotional impact of stress. By thinking positive thoughts, it can lift your motivation and mood, making tasks more bearable

Take care of your physical health

‘Healthy body, healthy mind’ when you take part in physical activity, whether its sport, dance, or a walk to clear your head. Your brain releases endorphins, the ‘feel good’ hormone that lightens your mood. Combating the cortisol from stressful situations.

Mindfulness

Being present in the here and now can really help to clear any confusion of stressful thoughts. Mindfulness has its roots in meditation and has a calming effect on the body and brain. Taking a minute to step outside a situation and listen to yourself and focus on your breathing can help to de-stress your body.

Take breaks

If you have a tight deadline or a growing workload, it’s easy to skip breaks to focus on your tasks. However, having no time for yourself has a very stressful impact and can be counterproductive when it comes to getting the work done.  By taking regular breaks to step away from your desk or whatever task you’re focused on, you’re giving yourself to
recharge your batteries. Rather than running on empty.

Get restful sleep

Sleep deprivation can contribute to chemical changes in the brain. Getting a restful night’s sleep can be difficult if you’re stressed or anxious. But limiting screen time, be it TV or PC. And not having caffeine after 4pm could help to get you off to a better start.

Be grateful

Getting lost in the negatives of life can heighten your emotional reaction to stress. If you’re not too hard on yourself this can help you feel more uplifted. Writing a gratitude journal, or simply a list of what your thankful for and a good thing in your life with help you to see that not everything is bad.

Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol

They may seem a good idea at the time but stimulating substances aren’t often a good idea to combat stress. In fact, caffeine and alcohol can contribute to anxiety and depression.
Making it worse in the long run.

Talk to people

‘A problem shared is a problem halved’ talking to people and building a support system is a great way to offload some of those internal nagging feelings. Be it a friend, family member or work colleague. Just talking can feel like a weight has been lifted.

Using these techniques can calm and shift your emotional perspective. Having a positive effect on your emotional well-being. For further reading on stress, it’s causes and symptoms visit our Stress factor article. Additionally if you would like to talk to a specialist to seek advice, you can find an organisation to suit your needs on our key contacts.