Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - GET FIT -

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.

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