5 Tips to Reduce Stress - Stress Awareness Month
1st of April marks the start of Stress Awareness Month - 30 days dedicated to reducing stress. Stress is considered a health risk factor along with smoking and alcohol. Stress affects mental health that leads to anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts - it affects us differently. Some may have found their drinking or smoking have increased or others find themselves eating too much or too little. Many things cause stress in our lives; For some, it could be studying and or working; but there are factors such as the pressure to succeed, debt, a friend or a relative's long-term health condition, housing worries - the list of possible causes of stress is endless.
However, to some, they see stress as a means to increase productivity. The Yerkes-Dodson Law, an empirical relationship between pressure and performance, suggest that performance increases with physiological or mental arousal but to an extent. Even if stress can give someone a kickstart in getting tasks done, it is only to an extent and can lead to exhausting yourself.
Here at Dagile, despite our courses being flexible, we understand that it can be stressful to balance working and studying. And here are a few tips to help you reduce your stress while upskilling with us:
Work in short bursts
It can be hard to concentrate on one thing for long periods. So give yourself 45 mins to focus and give yourself a 5-10 min break to give your mind and body a rest. You could use your time to have a cup of tea or go for a short walk.
S T R E T C H
Doing stretches at your desk or anywhere you have space to do so, helps decrease muscle tension and increase circulation. You must take a break from sitting at your desk for a long period as it will help you relax. If you can, take an online yoga class and explore the benefits of stretching and breathing exercises.
Create a plan
Creating a visual plan to help you organise your workload or study can help with reminding you of what you have already done that day. It is the little victories and achievements that make you feel like you have been productive. It should also include other commitments that you have outside of work and study, so you can plan out your 5-10 minute breaks throughout the day.
Cut out distractions
Social media are the biggest distractions in 2021, it has shown that it can contribute towards stress and experience FOMO (fear of missing out) when we spend too much time scrolling through feeds. Try switching off your phone when you are working and allow yourself to concentrate on the task on hand. If switching off your phone is not good enough, you can either delete social media apps or download an app that limits the time you spend on your phone.
Don't coop up inside all day, go outside and find the nearest green space. Whether it is a park, a field, or the woods, studies have shown that being outside lowers stress levels even after 5 minutes of being in the open air. It will help you reduce your anxiety and clear your mind.
If you are stressed because you feel you can do better in your career or you are looking to change career paths, Dagile is here to help you achieve your goals. Build your digital skills and increase your career prospects today, sign up now: