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    6 Stress Management Tips

    It’s useful to understand where stress comes from and how to see the signs early on but it’s easier said than done not to ever feel stressed. Here are some tips taken from our Managing Stress at Work eBook, to help you through stressful times:

    1) Prioritise your activities and tasks

    By giving yourself priorities it should give you some structure to work with and a way to balance the range of activities and tasks that may be causing you to feel stressed. If you know which one(s) you need to deal with first, the rest can wait until you have time to consider them. Order your tasks by importance and stick to your plan. This will also help you to break down your tasks in to more manageable bits of activity.

    2) Exercise

    By exercising and increasing your endorphins you will give yourself a better chance of handling your stress. The endorphins that are created when exercising bring out the ‘happy hormones’, which will be much needed in times of stress. Try to eat healthily and to live a healthy lifestyle too.

    3) Improve your time management      

    This point follows on from the recommendation from us to prioritise your work. Managing your time more effectively generally will help you to reduce situations, which will make you stressed. Allocate time for you to prepare for important meetings, for presentations and even for each day. The more you feel prepared for what you are about to do, the better.

    You may also want to think about:

    -       What time of the day is best for you, for specific activities

    -       Making a list of things that you had to do

    -       Varying your tasks e.g. mixing dull ones with interesting ones, and harder tasks followed by easier ones

    -       Not starting too many things simultaneously i.e. finish one task before moving onto another

    4) Know your limitations 

    Often we can cause ourselves a great deal of stress because we don’t want to let people down. We also often find it hard to say ‘no’ when someone asks us to do something. It’s important to know what your limitations are and to be able to say ‘no’ or to say ‘I’ll get to that after I’ve done XYZ’ so that you don’t make promises that you can’t keep. Don’t take on more than you know you can handle otherwise you can end up in many tricky situations.

    5) Avoid unnecessary conflict 

    Having arguments and conflicts with people around you can be very stressful. Instead, look for win-win situations. Think about ways that you can work with the other party or find solutions to disputes which effectively offer a positive outcome for both parties.

    6) Accept that you cannot change or control everything 

    Changing a difficult situation is not always possible nor is it necessarily in your control. Sometimes we need to learn to accept the way things are or to move on and away from the situations that do us harm.

    For more ideas on dealing with stress, check out our new stress management resources.

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