Stress is something that we all experience in our lives, to varying degrees, but it doesn’t have to dominate everything, a few simple changes can make a big difference.
As April is Stress Awareness Month, here at MicroLearn we’ve pulled together our top tips for how to deal with stress.
1. Look for the positives
Reduce your stress levels by looking for the positives and accepting the things that you can’t change. Every day describe three things that went well or that you’re grateful for as this will help you get into the habit of focusing on the good.
2. Manage your time effectively
To avoid becoming overwhelmed, and to reduce your stress levels, it’s important to manage your time effectively. Start by listing everything that needs to be done, ordering the tasks according to priority and then decide what can be delegated to other people. Ensure your daily to-do list is realistic, try to focus on one task at a time and once a job’s completed enjoy the satisfaction of crossing it off your list.
3. Try relaxation Techniques
There’s a wide range of relaxation techniques available, each with their own benefits…you just need to find the one that works best for you. For example you could try meditating, take up yoga or practice deep breathing exercises as they help you to focus on one thing, tuning out everything else and calming you down. Equally, taking up a new hobby is another way to focus on something other than what’s causing your stress.
4. Talk to Someone
As stress can cloud your judgement it’s important to talk things through with someone you trust, be it a friend, colleague or trained professional. Talking could distract you from the source of the stress, release built up tension and, importantly, help you put the situation into perspective and find a solution.
5. Make time for you
Everyone needs some time away from the pressures of work to reconnect with who they are as an individual. Therefore it’s important to earmark time, each week, which you’ll use to socialise, relax or exercise, putting it into your calendar so it can’t be put off or worked through.
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