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Managing Stress - Simple Tips to Manage Stress

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Living in the 21st Century can be stressful.

Life can be fast and furious and we may encounter obstacles along the way that can slow us down and cause us difficulties.

But what do we do when we are feeling stressed and what can make our experience worse than it has to be?

Our Head of Occupational Health, Marian Markham, has listed what she considers signs & factors of stress and suggests ways to try and manage the stress of everyday life.

Common signs of stress:

  • Irritability
  • Mind racing
  • Interrupted or difficulty getting to sleep
  • Poor memory
  • Poor concentration
  • Possibly poor judgement
  • Stomach pains, bowel problems
  • Wanting to go and sit on a desert island - alone

Some lifestyle factors can make all of these symptoms worse than they need to be, such as:

  • Smoking or drinking to excess
  • Poor diet - either too much of what is bad for you or not enough of what is good for you
  • Excessive illicit drug use
  • Lack of exercise
  • Accepting too many tasks by not being able to say ’NO’

How can you help yourself in times of stress:

  • Put yourself first for some part of your day
  • Plan your meals ahead so you don’t have to think of what to eat at times when you are not concentrating well
  • Get everything ready for the next day, the night before, so as you are not rushing around
  • Maybe even have your shower so as you have more time in the morning for a calm start
  • Eat better, include fruits and vegetables in your plan
  • Avoid lots of alcohol / smoking / illicit drugs
  • Mix with friends in a relaxed environment at regular intervals
  • Exercise – do whatever suits your lifestyle from skipping in the back yard to running marathons and spending lots of money on a gym.

Links you may find useful:

Help with stress
Help with diet and lifestyle
Help with exercise
Help with alcohol
Help with drugs
Help with assertiveness