Work

Stress at work not only harms individuals but also affects society as a whole. A recent study revealed that more than 500,000 people in the UK believe that stress at work is putting them at risk of physical illness. In the UK as a whole, an estimated 12.8 million working days are lost each year due to stress.

Use daily checklists

Lists can be useful or a waste of time. Some people write lists of things they need to do, and seem to think that by writing the list their jobs will do themselves. Students who write out immaculate revision timetables and lists of topics to …

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Just say no

If you put yourself under unnecessary strain by always saying ‘Yes’, then it’s time to learn the art of the graceful refusal. Why saying yes is not for the best… WHY SAYING YES IS NOT FOR THE BEST As far as stress is concerned, many …

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Early to bed…

Making night visits is a part of my job I never enjoy. It is not the patients’ fault, I just like my sleep too much. There is, however, a useful consequence of getting out of bed at 4 a.m. and returning home an hour later …

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Build your mental wall

We all find confrontation disagreeable. Bullies capitalize on this, relying on their victim to keep quiet rather than face any more abuse. To counter this we need a strategy to overcome feelings of stress and anxiety generated by such confrontation. I developed the ‘mental wall’ …

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Live once, take risks

I don’t hold with Philip Larkin’s view that ‘Life is first boredom, then fear’. I take the view that in all our lives – even if it is only once or twice – a break comes along which, if we take it, sets us down …

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Don’t put your life in one basket

I was once consulted by a successful entertainer who was well-known for his punishing work schedule. During our half-hour he not only took three ‘vitally important’ phone calls but also jotted down plans for the rest of the week in his personal organiser. He was …

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Corporate stress: send in the stressbusters

More and more UK firms are discovering the human and economic benefits of hiring in-house stressbusters. In fact, 80 per cent of the blue-chip companies contacted by Stressbusting provide some form of stress therapy – ranging from office massages to 24-hour helplines and office punchbags. …

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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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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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