Stress can be managed;
it's about gaining control.
The thing that causes people
the most stress in life
is all the things that happen to them
where they feel
they have no control over them.
There's a variety of sources out
of help out there,
that you can get if you're having
problems and you should go to them.
You can cope with stress by
talking about problems with friends,
you can go to your GP and talk about
there are counsellors you can have;
many more counsellors in GP
than ever before who you can talk to
if you don't feel you have a friend
you can talk to about that problem.
The worst thing you should do
is think you can solve it yourself
and do nothing, and just sit and
and keep it internal.
That's the worst thing you can do.
It will damage your health
and it won't solve the problem.
Exercise is really important because
it puts everything into perspective.
So if you had a really stressful day
which usually spills over
to the home environment
if you then go directly from work
it's always best, I think, to go off
a gym, go swimming, do some exercise
because it does the break,
it puts life into perspective.
"That's one part of my life,
but home is another part
and I won't let that spill over there."
It also makes you think more clearly
about problems you have
because you're chilling out,
you're relaxing by exercising
and it makes you think through
the problems you have
and the solutions to those problems.
whether it's meditation or yoga
or whatever the relaxation
can be helpful.
It can help you get into the frame
of mind of looking at your lifestyle,
your issues, the stresses in your life.
So it can be very, very useful.
And there's a variety
of these kind of techniques,
from actual formalised
yoga / meditation techniques
or it could be just
a relaxation exercise
which you can do for five or ten minutes
by going to a quiet place at work
or in the home
and you kind of relax
and you think about
something that you find peaceful.
You can think about being on the
and hearing the waves splashing
or just lying in a field somewhere,
and just unwinding
and just thinking about things
that make you feel good and peaceful.
So if your problems are a blocked
at work, a bad relationship at home,
the relaxing and meditating
is not going to solve that problem
but it might get you in the frame of
mind to think about potential solutions.