Stress: Work, home and sleep
Follow these top tips to help alleviate your stress levels at work and at home, and ease insomnia
Stress at work
Stress, anxiety and depression have now overtaken physical illness as the most common cause of long term absence from work.
In fact last year 12.8 million days were lost due to stress, with Monday proving the most popular day off to be sick. So how can we help ourselves to de-stress at work?
- Learn to delegate - don't be afraid to ask for help. It's not being a failure, it's good team work
- Use your journey in to write notes and plan your day - experts say that half an hour of uninterrupted work time is equivalent to one hour's work chaos in the office
- Set boundaries - switch off your work brain at the same time as your mobile when you leave work
- Take breaks - a walk around the block or deep breathing can help clear your head and give a new perspective
- Finish one job at a time and don't set unnecessary deadlines
- Don't skip breakfast - if your body isn't nourished it can't deal with stress
Stress at home
Money and housework are the two biggest things that stress people out. Half of us argue with our partners because of the levels of clutter in the home.
- Having a big clear out will go a long way to stopping that stress in its tracks
- We only wear 20% of our wardrobe, so get rid of everything you haven't worn in the last 12 months!
- Clear out all those old books and toys, but pass them on instead of throwing them away
- Tidy every day - just 15 minutes will make a difference
- Get yourself a rota so that your home time is organised
Stress - sleep
Almost two thirds of people have difficulty sleeping.
Getting enough sleep is your body's way of repairing its defences so you are ready to fight infection. Not getting enough sleep can reduce the effectiveness of the immune system by up to 50%.
Liz Tucker's top tips
- Take regular exercise - yoga has been proven to calm you down
- Make sure your bedroom is not too hot, cold, noisy or light
- For your evening meal, eat foods which contain trytophan, which will aid a good night's sleep
- Don't eat or drink too late as it will over-stimulate you
- Have a warm bath before bed
- If you wake in the night with a thought, write it down as it stops you thinking about it
- Don't think you won't sleep - think positively about it and you will