anaging the daily grind and dealing with the demands of work, family and relationships can be like living in a pressure cooker waiting to explode. It is important to let off steam gradually so that you remain healthy, happy and in control. Here are five ways to avoid a meltdown. Write a daily to-do list. This sounds stressful but it is a device to create order and maintain control. Make sure you include some “me time”, even if it is just time out for a coffee or a bath. Talk to someone who cares. It helps to unload, especially when you are stressed out about a situation where you feel powerless, such as a toxic relationship with your boss.
Marie Rowland is a counsellor and psychotherapist based in Sydney. Contact her at www.talking-matters.com Let things go. Manage those tasks that you can control. When something is out of your control, such as bad traffic or workplace culture, give yourself permission to not let these things get to you. Sometimes you can’t change outcomes or situations, but you can control how you react to them. Focus on that instead of on the things you can’t change. Get a massage or some treatment that makes you feel great, relaxed or simply indulged. This is not selfish – this is called taking care of the machine. Eat well, try and get a good night’s sleep, take a yoga class and when all else fails, close your eyes and breathe.