Stress affects all of us.  At home, at work and at all times even when we don’t realise it.  From a twitch in your eye to not sleeping well the signs are usually there.

Managing stress is the key to a happier more productive life.  Identifying the cause, finding a solution and implementing a solution can be both the easy and hard part of moving forward.

Sometimes the cause is unavoidable and we just have to push on through until we can see the sun shining on the horizon but sometimes we have no idea what direction the horizon is.  When this is the case we need to find the correct route to take and find the best means to get there.  To this end follow our tips below for helping to manage stress.

  • Have a routine and stick to it
    Get up up the same time, have a set time for a tea or coffee, put aside the same hour or two for emails.  Even the small things produce a feeling of reward that can boost your day.
  • Make a to-do list
    Don’t live in chaos, get organised, tick those boxes.  A task is much easier when it is planned in advance.
  • Take a break
    Get up and go for a walk every hour or two, even if it is just around the office. Say hello or smile to some colleagues, spread a little happiness and lesson the stress.
  • Get enough sleep
    This is so important, a lack of sleep can make you underperform, make you grumpy and ruin your day.
  • Eat a balanced diet
    Keep your batteries charged with the right type of foods – it will help your health and your energy levels.
  • Exercise
    This is proven to be one of the best ways to help with stress.  If you don’t have a gym membership, go for a run or walk.  You could even pick up a cheap Wii with Wii Fit for extra fun while you exercise.  Exercise will also help you with getting a better night’s sleep.
  • Get a hobby/make time for hobbies
    Hobbies are a great way to focus your mind on something other than ‘life’.

And most of all never be ashamed or afraid to ask for help.  If what is causing you stress is out of your control make someone aware of it.  No person is an island.

Payments Pro promotes stress-free environments and hope you will too.