If you work excessively long hours in a stressful environment, it may well be tempting to “eat, drink and be merry” until the early hours. In reality, your body will not be able to take such mental and physical abuse for long and telltale signs of abuse will appear. If ... More about Beat stress through diet and exercise.
The information in this section is a starting point for addressing problems with stress, but you should seek further advice from your doctor.
In addition, you might like to check whether your organisation provides any Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP). This is free, confidential counselling support for an employee regarding any personal matter that may be affecting their well being and performance at work.
We also advise that if you have some form of Income Protection Insurance, that you check to ensure this extends to cover any form of mental health-related illness. This is particularly important where you might be a sole practitioner who needs to take time out for mental health reasons, such as stress and depression.
There are plenty of very short exercises that can help you to relax. Here are a series of stretches which will help you stretch the stress out of your system. It is important not to hold any position for too long. Pain is NOT gain in this area. Just hold ... More about Stretching away your stress.
1. Body Awareness Sit, feet on the ground, back reasonably straight, but not too rigid. Concentrate you whole attention on what you feel physically in your body. Don’t think, just focus on what you feel. You may begin with your feet and work upwards, spending a moment or two on ... More about Meditation Exercise.
There are many methods that may be beneficial in dealing with stress. Understandably, there is no “one size fits all” method; instead it is just a matter of experimenting and seeing what works for you. Below are some suggestions worth considering: At home Eat healthy and exercise regularly. It is ... More about Some suggestions for dealing with stress.
One of the best ways to identify sources of stress is to keep a stress diary for a 2-3 week period. When you begin to feel stressed, you could look at what you are doing and what you were doing before feeling stressed, and make a note of these. Any ... More about Keeping a stress diary.
A problem shared is a problem halvedTalk to someone you trust about stressors in your life. Aim high, but be realisticSet reachable targets and don’t overburden yourself. Learn to say No. An apple a dayEating well and finding time to exercise regularly can make a massive difference to stress levels, ... More about Tips to limit stress.