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Four ways to deal with stress

Most people will experience stress or a stressful situation at some point in their lives. Whether it’s brought on by something in either your personal or work life, knowing how to deal with it can be helpful. Take a look at our four top tips on dealing with stress below.

1. Organise your time and set small targets

Time pressure can be a big cause of stress, especially if you have a deadline to work to. If time pressure is something that is making you feel stressed, taking some time to organise what you need to do can be beneficial.

Making a ‘to do’ list will help you outline your priorities as well as giving you a list of smaller and more achievable tasks to do. As well as setting out your tasks, this method can help you see the progress you are making which can stop you from feeling overwhelmed and stressed.

2. Take regular breaks

It’s very common for stress to build up over time. One way to relieve this stress is by taking small and regular breaks. These will help you to relax and refocus before starting on your work or task again. Many people find that after taking a break from a piece of work, they are then able to progress with a clearer way of thinking.

3. Don’t be too hard on yourself

Another very common thing for people to do is to put a lot of pressure on themselves which can often result in stress. While trying not to be stressed can be difficult, being mindful of not being too hard on yourself will relieve some of the stress. Reminding yourself the best you can do is always good enough can help you from feeling as stressed.

4. Spend time with friends and family

Spending time with close friends or family when you’re feeling stressed can help you to relax and take your mind off a certain situation. Socialising is a good way to make your mind busy and take it away from whatever is causing you stress. You may find talking to a friend or family member about feeling stressed helpful and they may be able to offer advice and help you find ways to cope.

Being in a stressful situation is, well, stressful! But there are many ways that you can work to reduce the stress or learn how to cope with it better. For more tips on how to cope with stress visit the NHS website.