Friday 23 August 2019

Ireland is a nation under stress, according to the latest Census

Ireland is a nation under stress, according to the latest Census. The numbers reporting a psychological or emotional condition rose from 96,004 to 123,515 in five years.

We could all benefit from more stress-busting tips, including:

÷ Do more exercise: It won't make your stress disappear, but it will reduce some of the emotional intensity.

÷ Take control: There's a solution to any problem. If you remain passive, thinking, 'I can't do anything about my problem', your stress will get worse."

÷ Connect with people: A good support network of colleagues, friends and family can ease your work troubles and help you see things in a different way.

÷ Have some 'me time': Set aside a couple of nights a week for some quality time away from work. By earmarking those two days, it means you won't be tempted to work overtime.

÷ Challenge yourself: Setting yourself goals and challenges, whether at work or outside, such as learning a new language or a new sport, helps to build confidence. By continuing to learn, you become more emotionally resilient as a person. It arms you with knowledge and makes you want to do things rather than be passive, such as watching TV all the time.

÷ Avoid unhealthy habits: Don't rely on alcohol, smoking and caffeine as your ways of coping. Men more than women are likely to do this. We call this avoidance behaviour.

÷ Help other people: Evidence shows that people who help others, through activities such as volunteering, become more resilient. Helping people who are often in situations worse than yours will help you put your problems into perspective. If you don't have time to volunteer, try to do someone a favour every day.

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