Ways to reduce stress

Overcoming Stress

EVERYONE has suffered from stress at some point, whether its work related, studying for your exams at University or College or something more personal. No one likes feeling stressed so here’s some ways to get you feeling like yourself again.

Begin with identifying the cause; it becomes easier to deal with when you understand WHERE the feelings are coming from.

Be active. Exercise won’t make your stress disappear, but it will reduce some of the emotional intensity that you’re feeling, clearing your thoughts and letting you deal with your problems more calmly.

Connect with people. A good support network of colleagues, friends and family can ease your exam or work troubles and help you see things in a different way. The activities we do with friends help us relax. We often have a good laugh with them, which is an excellent stress reliever.

Challenge yourself. Setting yourself goals and challenges, whether at work or outside, such as learning a new language or a new sport, helps build confidence. This will help you deal with stress.

Have some ‘me’ time. Spending a night in on your own to relax and unwind can be one of the best ways to deal with stress.

Be positive. Look for the positives in life, and things for which you’re grateful. Try writing down 3 things that went well, or for which you’re grateful, at the end of every day.

Work smarter, not harder. Working smarter means prioritising your work, concentrating on the tasks that’ll make a real difference. Get tips on how to manage your time better.

Accept the things you can’t change. Changing a difficult situation isn’t always possible. Try to concentrate on the things you do have control over.

Little things can make such a big difference, never forget how important mental health is!