Feeling Stressed?

Posted by Adam Meads, May 27, 2020

Feeling Stressed?

If this working from home, new normal, can’t switch off, pandemic stuff has got you feeling all kinds of stressy, why not try one (or all seven) quick tips and techniques from Dr Frances Dodd - a Business Psychologist specialising in working with organisations and individuals to reduce stress, whilst building resilience and increasing overall wellbeing. 

1 "Three good things" – this technique was devised by Psychologist Martin Seligman. Write down every night three things that went well in that day and then secondly, why they went well. These can be really simple, such as cooking a meal or finishing a task, but it changes our focus from negative to more positive. It also makes us appreciate those things we normally take for granted. Try it for a week – you’ll become hooked!

2 Prioritise relationships – connecting with people reminds us we’re not alone in the middle of difficulties. Try to prioritise friends who genuinely care about you, and also accept their help and support when you need it most.

3 Help others – when you connect with others, such as supporting a friend or volunteering, it helps you strengthen your sense of purpose and self-worth. By helping others – we in turn can grow our own resilience – so a double benefit!

4 Energy management – how we manage our energy is the foundation to building our resilience.

5 Work/life balance – despite these uncertain circumstances, try to maintain a balance in your work and home life. How do you set your boundaries, at the end of a working day, such as switching off your laptop or putting your mobile phone away?

6 Exercise - stress is as much physical as it is emotional, so regular exercise is important to help our physical and mental wellbeing. Try to get regular exercising within your daily schedule and if you can, go outside and enjoy the fresh air. Challenge yourself to undertake this so many times a week.

7 Sleep – is so important for our physical and mental health, as well as recharging the brain allowing it to learn and make memories. Sleep guidelines are a minimum of 7 hours per night for adults. Tips for improving sleep include, creating a relaxing sleep environment, maintaining a regular routine, and scheduling down time before bed, to allow your mind to switch off.

Frances Dodd

To find out more or other ways you can reduce your stress and build your personal resilience, please contact Frances directly on LinkedIn or Twitter @Dodd_psyadv 

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