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How to manage the effects of stress

Are you still dealing with the symptoms of burnout? Now, here’s a list of things that you can do to manage (your) stress and its effects better.

1. Recognize the minor irritants or hassles that upset you.

2. Accept what you cannot change and work on things that you have good control of.

3. Learn the Correct Breathing Techniques.

4. Do simple stretching activities.

5. Learn simple mental relaxation techniques.

6. Recognize your physical reactions, tensions and body aches.

7. Have a good massage of the neck, shoulder and back muscles.

8. Hone your muscles, exercise 25-30 minutes at least 3 x a week.

9. Maintain a healthy Life Style:

-     reduce alcohol intake

-     have adequate sleep

-     have proper nutrition

-     enough rest and relaxation

10. Find meaning in what you do

11. Attend Stress Management Trainings/Workshops

12. Smile (it takes 15 muscles to smile and 48 muscles to frown).

Source: National Mental Health Program


List of Attitudes of Persons Who Are High Risk for Burnout

Take note of the following tell tale signs, you could be experiencing some of the symptoms now.

1. Very accommodating and have difficulty in saying no.

2. Overly concerned for minor tasks while neglecting important ones.

3. Super human attitude – doing everything, less delegation.

4. Very high standards set for the self and others.

5. Self blame.

6. Overly defensive attitude.

7. Easily upset over minor irritants

8. Keep things to self without emotional ventilation.

9. Impatient with others.

10. Low tolerance of ambiguity.

11. Very rigid, low tolerance of other people’s mistakes.

12. Does not accommodate ideas of others, believes only that his/her ideas are correct.

Source: DOH website