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Things that can help you increase control over your stress

Stress is a natural but undeveloped mechanism that can occur too often – and feel too intense.

Much of the information on the 'About Stress' section of this website is about the Excess-stress stage. Understanding how stress works will help you deal with it throughout your life. Find out more about the different stages of stress here.

In addition to any advice you receive when speaking to a professional, you may also want to help yourself by incorporating the following into your life:

Dissociation

This link will take you to some exercises that will help you see your own stress objectively; as if it was someone else's. This should help you see your situation from a different perspective. Learn how to dissociate here.

Time management

Prioritize tasks, using a calendar and checklists.

Lifestyle review

Balance work and leisure time
You may feel like you do not have time to do this but you will find that taking half an hour or so to switch off every so often is likely to make you far more efficient when you do work.

–Whenever possible, regulate your sleep patterns. Going to bed at a similar time each night and sleeping for a sufficient length of time will decrease your overall stress levels because you will have more energy to help you with your daily tasks.

If you have trouble sleeping, please contact your GP, family doctor or physician or make an appointment to see a therapist or hypnotherapist in confidence, taking a print-out of your Stress Assessment results with you.

See more information from the Sleep Research Centre.

Exercise as regularly as possible
Sensible aerobic exercise is most beneficial but even a walk up the road is better than nothing.

Eat a balanced diet, reducing consumption of caffeine and refined sugar

For dietary advice see the NHS advice website or make an appointment to see your GP, family doctor or physician, taking a print-out of your Stress Assessment results with you.

Try to keep an eye on how much alcohol you are drinking
If you drink alcohol, it's very likely that when you have Excess-stress in your life, you'll be drinking more. Although drinking more alcohol is not to be recommended, for many people it is a way for them to feel that they are coping. This may be alright for very short periods of time but, obviously, no one with Excess-stress in their lives needs the added complication of possibly becoming dependent on alcohol to get them through a difficult time. Therefore, please try to note if you are often drinking more than you would normally. Be aware that although it may seem that drinking alcohol regularly and frequently helps you to cope, it can very easily become another problem for you.

A useful guide to how much alcohol is consistent with a healthy lifestyle can be seen on the UK's National Health Service advice website.

Keep a Stress Diary
Download the Nicrs Stress Diary.