Feel calm, collected and in control with practical stress management techniques and self-care strategies from Stress: The Psychology of Managing Pressure.
We’ve rounded up simple, proven remedies to common stressors below, so you can start 2018 with your best, least-stressed foot forward.
Tackling technostress | How to digitally declutter
Whether you’re a technophobe, or always connected, technology remains a major feature of modern life and can create its own stresses!
Experts offer these tips on how to remove needlessly stressful digital clutter:
• Make your computer desktop simple and easy on the eye – avoid too many icons.
• Unsubscribe from unwanted mailing lists and blogs.
• Delete accounts you rarely use.
• Set up a logical filing system for your documents, and delete files you don’t need.
• Pick a search engine as the homepage for your browser, so you’re not bombarded by news or celebrity gossip.
Combatting stress with shut-eye | How to get a good night’s sleep
The benefits of quality sleep are wide-ranging and well-documented. Restful sleep lowers anxiety and improves cognitive functions.
If you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep, and are feeling stressed as a result, try these sleep hygiene tips:
• Don’t use your bed for daytime activities such as reading or watching TV; that way, your body will know it’s a place for sleep.
• Avoid alcohol, caffeine, chocolate and nicotine after noon and spicy meals in the evening.
• Set up a peaceful bedtime routine: for instance, switch off electronic devices, and read or listen to calming music instead.
Professional pressure | How to avoid burnout on the job
It’s not unusual to feel tired at the end of a working day, but at a certain point work strain passes the point of ordinary stress and becomes outright toxic.
If you feel at risk of job burnout, consider these self-care tips:
• Keep your body moving – don’t sit for more than an hour at a time.
• Look for positive moments in your day – even something small, like chatting with your colleagues.
• Have a time each day when you unplug from contact via your electronic devices.
• Make time outside work for family and friends.
For more stress management tips, techniques and strategies, including self-care methods and how to manage stress in the workplace, in relationships and more, pick up Stress: The Psychology of Managing Pressure.