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Stress busting tips

Stress busting tipsAn important step in tackling stress is to realise that it is causing you a problem. Once you’ve done so follow the top tips below to help you get back on track.

  • If you find yourself becoming angry or upset you may find it helpful to take time out, even if only for five minutes. Try to relax your muscles and calm yourself down by slow, deep breathing.
  • Try to identify the underlying causes of your stress. You may need to review your whole lifestyle. Are you taking on too much? Are there things you are doing which could be handed over to someone else?
  • Try logging your thoughts and experiences for a couple of weeks. When the fortnight is over, look back over your diary and see if you can spot any patterns – it could be a particular person, your living arrangements or a certain class that worries you. Once you’ve identified the problem, it’s much easier to deal with it.
  • If you’re worried about something, confide in a friend or classmate. It’s easy to lose perspective if you don’t have anyone else’s input. If you feel awkward talking to your fellow classmates, try talking to a teacher you trust.
  • Listing everything you have to do is a great way of clearing your mind and is the first step to tackling some of the issues you're worried about. Try to break down any big jobs into smaller, more achievable tasks.
  • This sounds boring but it really does work. If you’re feeling anxious, you need relaxing surroundings – seeing dirty mugs and clothes everywhere will only bring you down. Have a big clean and make your home a calm place to be again.
  • A healthy diet will help to prevent you becoming overweight and will reduce the risks of other diet-related diseases.
  • Keep smoking and drinking to a minimum and try doing some form of physical exercise, even if it's only a daily walk to the park. Exercise means concentrating on something other than your worries and should relieve some of the tension – go for a swim, join the university gym or sign up for a team sport.
  • Take time to relax. Saying `I just can't take the time off' is no use if you are forced to take time off later through ill health.
  • Sleeping problems are common when you have stress, but try to ensure you get enough rest. Try not to take sleeping pills for longer than a night or two.
  • One of the best antidotes for stress is enjoying yourself so try to bring some fun into your life by giving yourself treats and rewards for positive actions, attitudes and thoughts. Think of something you really enjoy and find relaxing, like watching a film or having a bath. Do one or two things on your ‘to do’ list and then reward yourself with a completely stress-free break.
  • Try to keep things in proportion and don't be too hard on yourself. After all, we all have bad days.

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