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How to handle pressure

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Stress caused by too much pressure can be debilitating and each year, thousands of people in the UK suffer the consequences of stress due to work and lifestyle changes. If you suffer from stress and it is not dealt with correctly, it can lead to prolonged bouts of depression and anxiety. Learning how to handle pressure is the first step to a stress free lifestyle.

What is Stress?

Stress can vary in its intensity and although it is not a medical diagnosis in itself, it can lead to serious mental health issues. Stress occurs when an individual feels under pressure or over-whelmed by having too much to do or lots of things to think about. It usually occurs when there is a sudden change, such as illness, an increase in workload, a new baby, divorce, a death or even moving house. You may also suffer from stress if a long-term relationship has ended or you have been unemployed for a long periods of time. In fact, having too little to do can be just as stressful as having too much on your plate!

How to Handle Pressure and Stress

A small amount of pressure or stress can actually be beneficial and many people find they perform better under pressure. Knowing something must be done within a certain time frame can galvanise you into action and make you more productive. Yet, if this then becomes a burden, it is time to put some things in place to make sure the pressure does not increase to an intolerable level.

Time Management

how to handle pressureBreathe! Take a step back for a moment and organise your time. Lists and timetables can help you allocate time slots for all the things you need to do. Writing down what needs to be done can really help you gain control of the situation. Ticking each item off the list once that task has been completed will also give you a great sense of achievement, as well as alleviate the stress.

• Everyone is individual, so identify which time of day is best for you to get things done, and allocate the bulk of activities to this time.

• Arrange your list in priority order and stick to this no matter how mundane the task.

• Mix things up a little. Although routine can be good, adding a little variety to your tasks can maintain momentum and will prevent you from becoming disheartened by the tasks ahead.

• Keep it Simple. Don’t try to do everything at once. If you are realistic about what you can achieve each day, you are more likely to stick to it, rather than abandon it when you become overwhelmed.

Be Positive

Give yourself some credit: life can be a constant juggling act what with family-life, work and all the things in-between. Each time you have ticked one thing off your list, give yourself a pat on the back, even if it was just putting the dishes away! Set yourself a reward at the end of each day, be it a new book by your favourite author, a box of chocs or just a little “me time”. It is also important to make some time for your friends, after all, a good moan to the people who care about you can be a great stress reliever. Remember, there are some things you just can’t change, and in situations like that, it is best to try to alter the way you handle the situation rather than attempt to change the immovable person or circumstance. If it is a person that is causing you stress, be upfront rather than let resentment build up inside and if they still refuse to change, then at least you know you have tried and perhaps it is time to walk away for good.

 

 

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About Denise Morgan

About Denise Morgan

Denise has five years' experience writing for various web-based companies. During this time she has also contributed to magazine articles and brochures. In addition to writing, Denise is a gigging singer/songwriter and is proud to have featured on the first series of BBC One's The Voice UK, having been selected by the great Sir Tom Jones. Denise is mother to the most talented and ridiculously intelligent two year old that has ever been and ever will be (until she creates another one that is). This kind of hyperbole is restricted only to her progeny and is not a reflection of her usual writing styles... Denise and her son live in Manchester along with their five cats - yes that's right, five.

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