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Stress

Sometimes we are 'stressed out' and we are not even aware of our rising stress levels. But not all individuals respond to stressors in the same way. Your genetic make-up, personality and past experience all dictate how you deal with and react to stressors. In other words, susceptibility to stress-related medical problems varies among individuals. Some people are particularly vulnerable to stressful situations or events, while others may be highly productive under pressure.

Whether you work in a hospital or classroom, office or factory, stress at work can be a very real experience. More and more of us are suffering from stress and stress-related illnesses, according to research.

Some technique to relieve stress The key to success is finding a technique that works best for you, so you may want to try several different methods.

Exercise
• Regular exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress

Relaxation
• Listen to your favourite soothing music, read a novel or take a long bath

• Practise meditation, quiet reflection time, yoga, aromatherapy or massage

Stress Diary
• Become aware of stress-inducing occurrences by writing down events that were stressful to you. This can help you to adopt effective coping strategies to manage the causes of stress in your life.

Organisation and Prioritisation:
Be Realistic!
• Prioritise what you need to accomplish during the day and tick off each item as you finish them. Time management is a key step to keeping tabs on stress levels

Delegate!
• Learn to delegate tasks and responsibilities at home and at work, and learn to say ‘No’ Stop Smoking, Limit Alcohol Consumption

• Smoking might affect the ability of the coronary arteries to respond to stress. A study found that smokers, on average, had about 14 per cent less blood flow to the heart compared to non-smokers

• Alcohol disturbs regular sleep patterns and disguises the cause of stress without eliminating them

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