Top 10 key Steps To Stress-Free Living.

Remember, knowledge on its own won’t make anything change, What makes it count is putting it into ACTION!

START

1. START TO PUT YOURSELF FIRST:
If you eat & drink healthily, schedule regular physical exercise that you enjoy & manage your time effectively, you’ll be in a better position to help others.

2. START TO PRIORITISE TASKS:
There are only so many things we can do well during each day, so choose your top 3 most urgent tasks each morning and make them your priority. Reschedule, renegotiate your commitments or delegate – you can make it happen!

3. START TO MAKE TIME TO RELAX & MENTALLY UNWIND:
Meditation, breathing & relaxation exercises have been proven to be effective in reducing stress and anxiety, they are an ideal way to switch of AND they boost your immune system. Just a few minutes a day will pay huge dividends.

4. START TO EMPATHISE WITH OTHERS:
There are many different behaviour styles that affect how we communicate with each other. Be aware that different people perceive your words & actions in a way you didn’t intend. Take time to listen to others & look for solutions.

5. START TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULL:
Life it supposed to be fun! Spend a few minutes each day to appreciate the things you have in your life today.
This will help you to see opportunities for growth and learning – even from the most challenging situations.

STOP 

6. STOP IGNORING YOUR NEEDS.
Know what is expected of you and what is reasonable. Take short breaks throughout the day & know when and how to say ‘No’ both at work & home.

7. STOP GETTING DISTRACTED:
If you’re experiencing too much pressure or just have a lot going on in your life, staying focused isn’t easy. It may help to ask for support from colleagues or friends & prioritise urgent, important & non-urgent tasks.

8. STOP ALLOWING OTHERS TO MAKE YOU FEEL INFERIOR:
You are unique and no two people have exactly the same experience of life. The key to stress-free living is to accept yourself for exactly who you are today, including past mistakes and things you might not be so proud of. Work on your self-belief and confidence and then just go for it!

9. STOP BEING JUDGMENTAL:
Try to adopt a more flexible thinking style which will improve your mental well-being, whilst reducing unnecessary pressure for both you and those around you. Practice being objective and understanding.

10. STOP AVOIDING THE THINGS YOU LEAST WANT TO DO!
We often put off tasks that can become a recipe for worry. Take control & promises yourself a reward when you get it done.

Source: ISMA UK International Stress Management Association

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