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Preventing Stress
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Sleeplessness, oversleeping, headaches, loss of appetite, increased appetite, exhaustion-these are some of the many ways stress can manifest itself. It's a nasty 'beast' that often creeps up while we're not looking.
Learning to tackle stress keeps you on an even keel - at work and at home. You can apply some simple techniques to help, although you may also need to explore broader strategies.

Simple techniques for tackling stress
  • take a deep breath from the stomach not the chest-fill your lungs with oxygen
  • close your eyes and sit quietly for a few moments
  • make the most of work breaks - have a cup of relaxing tea or coffee, take a brief walk in the fresh air or chat to a co-worker about something non-work related
  • don't sweat the small stuff

Broader strategies for tackling stress

Learn how to:
  • seek help in setting realistic goals, so you don't overwhelm yourself
  • change the way you see a situation (compare alternative viewpoints and outside perspectives to yours)
  • better manage the effects of stress with the support of others
  • avoid extreme reactions to situations or others - change the way you react to maintain control.

Stress is the inability to maintain control over situations, people or events when they seem to be excessive or 'too much to cope with'. It can cause mental, social and physical problems.
Alcohol and self-medicated drugs won't help you cope with stress, especially over the long run. Remember, it's strength to seek external help.



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