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Life can be stressful. It doesn’t matter if it’s a crisis at work, trouble with children, your spouse, all three or something personal to you. Stress means different things to different people, and some people deal with it better than others. However no matter how good you are at dealing with stress sooner or later you are presented with a situation where you feel like you are drowning. You don’t know what to do, and if you do, you don’t have enough time to do it. You worry about things and small problems seem huge.

Everybody feels like this sometimes, some more than others, there are lots of things you can do to help, before we give you our l-up tips for dealing with stress here are some quotes from around the internet.

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”
– William James

 

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”
– Bruce Lee

 

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”
– Elbert Hubbard

 

“Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.”
– Nelson DeMille

 

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”
– Bertrand Russell

 

And our personal favourite

 

“Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.”
– Robert Eliot

 

 

Robert Eliot’s wise words form the backbone of our advice on stress, people live, people die…. Be nice, do good things and don’t worry about too much in between eh?

 

Easier said than done!

 

When you are faced with an insurmountable list of tasks, or emotions you simply have to take time to put things in perspective. You can only do what you can do. Here are our top 5 tips for dealing with stress.

 

  1. Accept Help

 

People can tell when you are stressed, and inevitably people offer help. Take it. Forget pride, bravado, or responsibility, identify how other people can help and use them. If you live a l-up life then they owe you anyway!

 

  1. Make a list

 

Write down everything that is stressing you out. Break it down into categories and start prioritising it. What can you do right now that will have the most impact on this list?

 

  1. Be Realistic

 

You can’t do everything. Don’t try. Work through your list and break things down into as small a task as necessary so that it becomes manageable.

 

  1. Don’t be afraid to tell people to wait

 

Sometimes there comes a point where you simply cannot achieve everything that is expected of you. People understand, and if they don’t, then tough. Sometimes you just have to be clear and tell people straight that the deadline is not going to be met, or that you can’t make an appointment. This act alone, will instantly remove a lot of stress.

 

  1. Keep focussed on the bigger picture

 

This time will pass, you will have a myriad of challenges and stresses pop up in your life. Deal with it. This is merely a tiny moment in time that you feel like this, embrace it, and use it to motivate you, get shit done. L-up

 

It goes without saying that maintaining a healthy diet, a social life, exercise and areas of personal growth goes a long way to ensuring you keep balance in your life and don’t get stressed in the first place. Time management is also critical in helping deal with stress, we have an upcoming time management post coming soon.

 

If you’re feeling stressed reach out to your friends and family, there are loads of resources online too just google nhs stress.

 

 

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