A na­tion un­der stress: how to get your life back un­der con­trol

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE DID YOU -

IRE­LAND is a na­tion un­der stress, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Cen­sus. The num­bers re­port­ing a psy­cho­log­i­cal or emo­tional con­di­tion rose from 96,004 to 123,515 in five years.

We could all ben­e­fit from more stress-bust­ing tips, in­clud­ing: ÷ Do more ex­er­cise: It won’t make your stress dis­ap­pear, but it will re­duce some of the emo­tional in­ten­sity. ÷ Take con­trol: There’s a so­lu­tion to any prob­lem. If you re­main pas­sive, think­ing, ‘I can’t do anything about my prob­lem’, your stress will get worse.” ÷ Connect with peo­ple: A good sup­port net­work of col­leagues, friends and fam­ily can ease your work trou­bles and help you see things in a dif­fer­ent way. ÷ Have some ‘me time’: Set aside a cou­ple of nights a week for some qual­ity time away from work. By ear­mark­ing those two days, it means you won’t be tempted to work over­time. ÷ Chal­lenge your­self: Set­ting your­self goals and chal­lenges, whether at work or out­side, such as learn­ing a new lan­guage or a new sport, helps to build con­fi­dence. By con­tin­u­ing to learn, you be­come more emo­tion­ally re­silient as a per­son. It arms you with knowl­edge and makes you want to do things rather than be pas­sive, such as watch­ing TV all the time. ÷ Avoid un­healthy habits: Don’t rely on al­co­hol, smok­ing and caf­feine as your ways of cop­ing. Men more than women are likely to do this. We call this avoid­ance be­hav­iour. ÷ Help other peo­ple: Ev­i­dence shows that peo­ple who help oth­ers, through ac­tiv­i­ties such as vol­un­teer­ing, be­come more re­silient. Help­ing peo­ple who are of­ten in sit­u­a­tions worse than yours will help you put your prob­lems into per­spec­tive. If you don’t have time to vol­un­teer, try to do some­one a favour ev­ery day.

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