How to help cope with stress
Wednesday 2 November is National Stress Awareness Day, and Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group is joining in by helping to spread the word about stress and how to manage it.
Responsible for one in five visits to GP practices, stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure, sometimes coupled with mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression.
Lincolnshire East CCG has issued some advice to people who may be feeling stressed, to help them take control of their emotions, including ten stress busters:
- Be active – exercise helps you deal with your problems more calmly
- Take control – it’s crucial to finding a solution that satisfies you and not someone else
- Connect with people – a problem shared is a problem halved
- Have some me time – set aside a couple of nights a week to leave work at a reasonable hour and do something you enjoy (the UK works the longest hours in Europe)
- Challenge yourself – do something new, such as learning a language or a new sport
- Avoid unhealthy habits – don’t rely on alcohol, smoking and caffeine as ways of coping
- Do volunteer work – helping people who are worse off than you will put your problems in perspective
- Work smarter, not harder – concentrate on the tasks that will make a real difference to your work
- Be positive – be glass half full instead of glass half empty
- Accept the things you can’t change – and concentrate on everything you have control over
Spotting the signs of stress early on can help with ways of coping, as well as stopping unhealthy coping methods including drinking and smoking. There are many things that can be done to help manage stress more effectively, such as learning how to relax, taking regular exercise, and adopting good time management techniques.
For further information view NHS Choices