Lifestyle Health

Wednesday 22 November 2017

A few easy steps to combat your stress

IT may be time for Ireland to follow the UK, which has declared November 7 next National Stress Awareness Day. We can still borrow some of their top stress-busting tips.

• Prioritise your day and do the important jobs first. The unimportant ones will disappear.

• Adopt a healthy lifestyle. If we eat a healthy diet and ensure we get sleep, our body is better able to cope with stress.

• Do not take on too much. Learn to be assertive so that you can say no without upsetting or offending.

• Find out what causes you stress. Take time to discover what it is and try to change your thoughts and behaviour.

• Do not be too argumentative. Look for a resolution to a dispute.

• Accept the things you can't change. Changing a difficult situation is not always possible.

• At least one break of 10-14 continuous days is recommended during the year. Also, you will perform better at work after even a short 10/15 minute break.

• If something is concerning you, talk over your problem with somebody.

• Avoid alcohol and nicotine as coping mechanisms.

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