Do’s Do take action. Anxious worrying will not solve your problems, so do something positive. Do watch what you think and say. Negative words and phrases can hold you back and make you depressed. Think positive. Do be assertive. Say No when you need to. Do have some comic relief. Avoid taking life to seriously: learn to appreciate the lighter side. Do manage your time efficiently. Planning ahead will give you more time to do what you want. Do pamper yourself. Take time out during the day just for you.
Do express yourself. Try to build bridges rather than barriers: a quick chat with a friend may be all that is needed. Do seek professional help, if necessary. Recognise the danger signs and take action.
Don’ts Don’t expect the worst to happen. What you believe often does occur. Don’t overeat or use drugs, drink or tobacco as ways of running away from your problems. Don’t allow others to take advantage of you. Be assertive. Don’t put off dealing with stressful situations until they come to a head. Act Now. Don’t try to be superwoman. Your best is good enough. Don’t bottle up your anger and frustration. This can lead to destructive behaviour. If necessary, and if possible, scream, shout or punch a pillow. Don’t allow work to take over your life. Take time to plan a balanced lifestyle. Don’t blame other people, as this is a waste of energy. Recognise there is a problem and do something about it. Recognise there is a problem and do something about it. Don’t procrastinate and wait for stress to disappear by itself. If you do, it could well get worse. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it, from family friends or professionals
Read Alix’s book – “The Stress Management Kit” online here, complete with mp3 audio relaxation tracks.