Wednesday, 7 November 2012

National Stress Awareness Day 7 November 2012

Did you know that today was national stress awareness day?

Well it is honest.

And for me its a time to reflect on how manic the past few weeks have been and more to the point how I have dealt with them!

As you know Ash was in hospital, but she also had to return last week due to breathing difficulties.
Then my eldest was admitted with dehydration due to a very nasty sickness bug and spent her birthday feeling rather ill, poor kid.

What else should a cake have on but shoes?!
And of course you still have to have a candle even at 25!
But due to her illness the candle had to be removed from the cake for her to blow out.

Even still she was still pleased.
And yes, we did sing happy birthday, very badly I might add! lol 

All the worry tend to put its mark on you and stressed out is exactly what I have been.

Add work to the mix and it really was pushing a little too much.

I feel very tried and am awaiting results of blood tests to find out why.

However this week is a new week and I am going to have a good one come what may.

So I leave you with a few tips on how to cope with that nasty little thing called stress!
(all taken from the web site linked above)

Top Ten Stress Busting Tips

Stress is perceived in the mind, suffered in the human spirit, experienced via the emotions, expressed in behaviour, and “held” in the body.
– Anon

1. Learn to manage your time more effectively

We waste a lot of time doing unimportant tasks, especially when stressed, so prioritise your day and do the important jobs first. The unimportant ones can wait, and often they will disappear completely leaving you time to do other things. Also, don’t put off the unpleasant tasks – avoidance causes a great deal of stress. Give unpleasant tasks a high priority and do them first.

2. Adopt a healthy lifestyle

If we eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and ensure we get adequate sleep & rest our body is better able to cope with stress should it occur. If any of these areas are not happening for you it is usually a warning sign, don’t ignore it, ask for some help.

3. Know your limitations and do not take on too much

We cause ourselves a great deal of stress because we like people to like us and don’t want to let people down. We then end up doing more than we should. Learn to delegate effectively & be assertive so that you can say no without upsetting or offending.

4. Find out what causes you stress

Take time to discover what is worrying you and try to change your thoughts & behaviour to reduce it. A stress assessment can help you to fully understand the causes, implications to your health & how to manage, cope & make those necessary changes.

5. Avoid unnecessary conflict

Do not be too argumentative. Is it really worth the stress? Look for win – win situations. Look for a resolution to a dispute where both parties can achieve a positive outcome. Find out what the real cause of the problem is & deal with it.

6. Accept the things you cannot change

Changing a difficult situation is not always possible. If this proves to be the case, recognise and accept things as they are & concentrate on all that you do have control over. Managing change effectively is essential or else performance will be reduced.

7. Take time out to relax and recharge your batteries

Alongside holidays, with at least one break of 10-14 continuous days recommended, you will perform more effectively during work after even a short 10/15minute break, easily making up the time you used relaxing.

8. Find time to meet friends

Friends can ease work troubles & help us see things in a different way. The activities we engage in with friends help us relax and we will often have a good laugh. It boosts the immune system that is often depleted during stress. If you do become stressed, engage in some form of physical activity. It works off the biochemical and physical changes that occur within your body due to stress. Relaxation also helps your body return to its normal healthy state. Good relaxation techniques include breathing exercises, massage and a variety of complimentary therapies.

9. Try to see things differently, develop a positive thinking style

If something is concerning you, try to see it differently. Talk over your problem with somebody before it gets out of proportion. Often, talking to a friend/colleague/family member will help you see things from a different and less stressful perspective. You may also need to consider professional help in order to achieve the desired outcome & prevent ill health &/or burnout.

10. Avoid alcohol, nicotine and caffeine as coping mechanisms

Long term, these faulty coping mechanisms will just add to the problem. For example, caffeine & nicotine are stimulants, too much & the body reacts to this with the stress response increasing or even causing anxiety symptoms. Alcohol is a depressant!

X x


  1. I love the tips you've shared, timely, too.

    Sending love


  2. I am so sorry that times have been difficult lately, I am sending good vibes to you so that things improve x

  3. Good tips but sadly your stress causes have all been out of your control and all seem to have come at once! I hope things calm down for you xx

  4. Hope the girls are well on the mend now. x


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