How to Reduce Stress and Maintain Low Stress Levels
We all feel stressed from time to time and identifying the cause of the stress is often the key to feeling better. It is holistically healthier to identify and deal with the root cause of the issue, rather than try to ignore it or deal with it in a destructive way, such as through drink or drugs.
Taking control of the situation is the first step to stress management. If you are stressed because of your workload, addressing issues with your manager is a feasible way forward. If you are stressed about lack of time, there are time management apps and tips that can help you cope, such as these resources from the NHS.
Feeling stressed and overwhelmed can be a lonely place for many, and connecting with people can help to ease the burden. Meeting with and talking to friends, family and work colleagues can often help to find solutions — the saying ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ is never more apt than when you are facing stressful times.
Conversely, taking some time just for yourself is critical. Whether you use the time to relax, exercise, catch up on a boxset, or just to get an early night, it’s important to have a couple of nights a week where you are either away from the situation that is causing you stress, or you are in a safe space in which you can relax and focus.
Goals can help you become resilient and build confidence. It could be the goal to learn a musical instrument, or something simpler like attending a yoga class once a week. Whatever it is, make sure you put aside the time for it and that it is non-negotiable.
Prioritisation is a smart way to work. If your stresses are due to lack of time and overwhelm, prioritise the most important tasks and accept that there will always be a pile of non-essential tasks to complete.
If you are struggling to cope with stress or overwhelm, please seek support from your GP or health professional.