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How to handle stress at work...
How to handle stress at work

Relax chill out take a deep breath count to 10 According to experts from University College London, stress from work can lead to serious health problems including heart disease and diabetes.

The Health & Safety Executive describes stress as 'the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed on them'.

Everyone comes across stressful situations once in a while both in and outside work.

But if you are constantly under pressure, you could be heading for danger.

Here are some top tips on coping with stress:

>> Most councils have some kind of counselling service available. Counsellors can give you professional

advice and all meetings are confidential

>> No matter how busy you are, make sure you take a break. Getting away from a stressful environment will help you calm down

>> Exercise is a great stress reliever. If you are physically fit, you are better equipped to deal with work pressure. Many gyms teach relaxation and breathing techniques which can help when the pressure builds

>> Look at what's causing your stress and deal with it. For example, if you feel under pressure to balance work and family commitments, explore flexible working. If the work system is causing a problem, talk to your line manager about ways to change it

>> Do not guzzle gallons of coffee. You may think you need the caffeine fix but it's a diuretic, and lack of water in your system can affect your stress levels. Try herbal teas instead

>> Make sure your office environment is comfortable.

Try sticking a plant on your desk - greenery is known for its calming effect.

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