Another Handful of tips 45 – Managing Stress
The five best tips to help reduce your stress levels
Stress can be caused by physical or psychological problems. It is often the result of work pressure, conflicts at work, or by out-of-work worries such as money or family problems.
1. Get organised
Plan your activities with care.
Your scarcest resource is your time so ration it and prioritise your important tasks.
Make time for family and friends and time for social activities.
2. Learn to relax
If you are working on a computer for long periods or engaged in concentrated mental activities, periodically take short breaks.
Try relaxation exercises. Seek exercises you enjoy. Swimming and walking are good ways to relax after work. They allow you to think over your problems and the physical exercises will ensure you have a good nights’ sleep.
3. Watch your health
If you don’t look after your body no one else will. Have regular medical checks and maintain good dental and eye care.
Eat good wholesome foods and maintain a well balanced diet. Manage your drinking habits with care. Restrict your intake of coffee and alcoholic drinks.
4. Have fun
Balance your work and play. Don’t become a workaholic.
Exercise is essential, so make sure it is enjoyable – walking, swimming, outdoor sports and games.
Enjoy concerts, parties, books and music with friends.
Take up a hobby such as gardening or playing a musical instrument.
Socialise with people away from your work environment.
Join a club or clubs of organisations that interest you.
5. Get enough sleep
Most adults need 7-8 hours sleep a night. You are more likely to get a good night’s sleep if you are physically tired.
Sitting in front of a computer all day is not good for your health and can be stressful so get up and walk about from time to time.
Exercise more in the fresh air whenever possible.
“Moderation in all things is the key to overcoming stress.”
Sources: “Secrets for Success. This book could change your life”, “Secrets for Success” published by Moss Associates Ltd and Cengage Learning Asia. Also available as an e-book from Amazon.com.