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How to handle stress

The festive season may be over, but many of us are still feeling stressed or anxious. "When you experience stress, try to think about it from another angle," says Eve Lewis Prieto, director of meditation at mindfulness app Headspace. For instance, let's say you're stressing out about friends and family.

One way to reframe this situation is to take a moment to think about how grateful you are to have them in your life. Mindfulness is all about being present, aware, and fully engaged with whatever we are doing at the moment.

It can be particularly helpful with reducing stress and the power that it has over us. "When we are mindful, we are totally free from distractions or judgment and aware of our thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them," Prieto adds.

Spot the signs of a toxic workplace

Many people have work-related stress at a level that makes them feel ill. Here's what to look out for:-

  • Every morning you're stressed and feel nauseated, even before you start work. We all feel like that to some degree, sometimes due to a deadline, but if it's a daily occurrence, it's a sign of a change.

  • You can't fall asleep because you're thinking about work. Insomnia also points to something being wrong - you can't resolve the situation and you're worried about returning to work the next day.

  • You feel wound up all the time and your muscles are tight. Tension in your muscles can lead to chronic pain, joint problems, and migraines.

  • Bullying in the workplace. If a colleague or your boss is aggressive or condescending, unsupportive towards you, then you should speak up and stand up to them.

  • You don't feel enthusiastic about your work. Being in the same job for years with no sign of promotion or progression can negatively affect your mental health. It's never too late to change.

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