It was National Mental Health Awareness Week earlier this year, however it is always good to remind ourselves that we need more than a week to think about this topic. Research has shown 18 million people experience a mental health problem each year and stress plays a pivotal role in this. We now from these statistics being able to manage stress is key in preventing problems such as depression, anxiety and burnout.
Tips to manage stress:
- Reframe the problem– This involves viewing the stressor or problem in a positive or neutral way. If this is unrealistic then see it in a realistic and honest way. This helps us to step outside of the problem and see the situation for what it actually is and not in the emotion we sometimes get so wrapped up in. It offers an alternative view.
- Preparation– Robert Epstein dictates stress can be managed better if we prepare better. Make a list and take small actions daily to help clear the stressors. Lists can help you work through things much more effectively.
- Relaxation Techniques– Try progressive muscle relaxation exercises, deep breathing or guided imagery. These techniques will help you to take control of your breathing and give a sense of calmness.