Tips to Reduce Stress

May 6, 2019 | Stress

Tips to reduce stress

 

  • Try diaphragmatic breathing 2 or more times a day and when whenever under pressure. Read about it here
  • The benefits are yoga are numerous. Read the article on stress which includes studies on the benefits of yoga
  • Try meditation for 5 mins each day, increasing to 10 mins, 15mins etc. If you need assistance meditation, try apps like insight timer, smiling mind, headspace, calm. Read more about meditation in the three-part articles, which you can find here: part 1, part 2, part 3
  • There are a number of relaxation techniques to investigate. Read the article on the benefits of relaxation techniques
  • Try using a gratitude journal and jotting down all the things you are grateful for at the end of each day
  • Think about what is making you busy, dissect it, what can you eliminate from your day?
  • Think about your current stress coping strategies, some examples might be eating, drinking, drugs, socialising. What can you do to change them?
  • Break bad habits by identifying the cue (trigger), routine and reward associated with the habit. Figure out out the cue/trigger and change the  routine and reward to break the habit

If you would like to know more about workplace burnout. Read the article here.

There are a few tests that you can perform to see if you are stressed:

The Healthy Results 2Day Body Signals Stress Test which you can find here

  • Perceived Stress Scale – you can find a .pdf document here to download and complete. It includes a guide to results
  • Maslach Burnout Inventory – you can buy the test for commercial use here
  • Burnout Test – you can complete online here. For more information on workplace burnout see my article here

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