Managing Stress

Stress is feeling unable to cope with emotional or mental pressure.

What are the signs of stress?

Look out for prolonged or extreme cases of the following if you feel the work's piling up:
• Difficulty getting to sleep or difficulty waking up in the morning
• Constant tiredness
• Forgetfulness
• Unexplained aches and pains
• Poor appetite
• Loss of interest in activities
• Increased anxiety and irritability
• Increased heart rate
• Migraines/headaches
• Blurred vision
• Dizziness

If you've noticed three or more of the above symptoms and you've experienced them for a few weeks you may need to do something about your stress levels

 

How to manage stress

  1. Break tasks down into manageable chunks
  2. Tackle worries early so they don’t overwhelm you
  3. Speak to someone about stresses/worries

Think of a bucket.

Think of any problems you have as water going into a bucket. The more that goes in the fuller the bucket becomes. If something does not let the water out, the bucket will overflow! (feeling stressed). Holes in the bucket release some of that pressure - holes are anything you do that you find relaxing!

Release some of that water!
Watch a DVD, go for a walk, speak to friends.

If you can't think what to do, get a jar, write down on strips of paper things you enjoy doing. Fill the jar with paper and next time you feel stressed - pick one out!