Expert Advice

Why ‘stress envy’ is the new stress epidemic

Now that everyone who’s anyone is stressed by having too much to do, stress is today’s essential badge of status and success. Result: ever more of us are suffering from ‘Stress Envy’ and feeling stressed by the fear that… er, well, that we aren’t sufficiently stressed. David Thomas investigates the latest stress epidemic.

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Shopping: a stress therapist’s challenge

The four most stressful experiences in the average person’s life, it has been said, are bereavement, divorce, moving house and going furniture shopping at IKEA. But can a professional stress therapist survive the ordeal of shopping at IKEA on a hot Sunday afternoon, with two kids in tow? John Hind puts one to the test.

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Own your workplace

We work in different places. Many of us do not have the luxury of having our working environment as we would wish – how do you personalise a production line? – but, for those who do have some personal space, this is an area that can readily reduce stress.

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Why it’s better to work smarter, not harder

There is a golden thread that runs through the advice that experts in time management have to give – concentrate not on how busy you are but on results. In other words, work smarter, not harder.

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Do a favour a day

Have you ever done someone a good turn and then waited for them to repay the favour? If you have, you have done it for all the wrong reasons.

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Project who you’d like to be

Richard Branson is viewed by many people as a decent chap. He does have an interesting tendency to ditch very expensive balloons in large oceans, but he has managed to build his business empire on the back of his image as the type of guy …

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Learn from your mistakes

I don’t hold the philosophy that every single problem is an opportunity just waiting to transform your life radically for the better if only you will let it. This is rubbish. Problems are exactly that: things we would rather not have, since they make a …

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Practise a faith

A Jewish patient once told me a true story about a group of senior rabbis imprisoned in a concentration camp. They were forced to work all day every day, except Sunday afternoons when they were allowed a few precious hours off. One such Sunday, a …

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Adapt your attitude

A few days before the stroke that killed my father, he quoted the well-known saying ‘Grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.’ We hugged each …

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Think positive

Thinking positive is one of the most scientifically-proven ways to cure stress, says a new study.

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