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5 tips to reduce Christmas Stress

In the run-up to Christmas many people experience more stress than throughout the rest of the year. This is due to the heightened expectations we have of these annual festivities. Everything has to be just right, and we put ourselves under an immense amount of pressure. But what if you could have a lovely time without the Christmas stress? Here are some ideas you could implement this year to make Christmas a lot more relaxing and fun. My 5 top tips to reduce Christmas stress 1. Reduce expectations If you’re expecting Christmas to be perfect you’re setting yourself up for failure. Perfection is impossible to strive for. There is always something that could be better. So, this year, decide on what you definitely want to…

National Stress Awareness Day 5 November 2014

Yesterday was National Stress Awareness Day (NSAD).  Why do we need a  special day to remind us of how stressed we are, you ask?  YouGov  recently carried out a poll for the TUC, in which two thirds of workers said that their workload had increased in recent years and that working is more stressful than ever.   We might have imagined this to be the case due to all the restructuring and cuts in recent years.  Last month, the Health and Safety Executive said that almost half a million people suffered work-related stress, depression or anxiety in the last financial year.  These are scary figures, I am sure you will agree. The 3 Types of Stress 1. Acute Stress This is the most common of…