Stress and pressure

Top tips to deal with pressure

Top tips to deal with pressure

We all have pressure, those things we have to deal with every day – at home and work. Occasionally, we have additional one-off pressures like moving house or changing jobs.  Everyone has their own individual pressures and we all deal with them in different ways. Here are some tips to help you think about your pressures and some actions you can take to manage them effectively:

  1. Understand your pressures
    Think about all of the pressures you have. It might be a help to jot them down.  Are there issues that come up regularly or is it a one-off situation that is worrying you? Acknowledging them, even if you can’t avoid them, can help you get prepared for them

  2. Get organised
    Organising your time can help you feel more in control.  Make a list – getting things out of your head on to a list can help clear your mind and help you see things in black and white. Work through the most important thing first. Once you’ve completed it, the others will feel easier. Don’t forget to cross it off your list – it’s satisfying seeing that list shrink!

  3. Take it slowly
    When we have lots of pressure and are getting stressed, we can find it hard to be productive or concentrate. Don’t try and do too much at once, give yourself time and concentrate on one thing at a time. Even if you don’t complete it all at once, recognise the progress you have made. It will make it less daunting to carry on next time

  4. Vary your tasks
    We all have things we enjoy doing more than others, but we still have to do them!  Vary your tasks between those you like and those you don’t. This helps you stop putting things off or leaving them all to do at once

  5. Accept things you cannot change
    There are some things or situations that we cannot change. Recognising this is not easy but, once you can, it means that you park them and put your efforts into the things you can do something about

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