Dubbed ‘Stresstember’, the ninth month of the year is considered one of the busiest and most stressful as a result of back to school chaos after six weeks of summer holidays.
Although feeling overwhelmed is a yearlong problem – with one in four British adults currently feeling close to breaking point according to Bupa – September means stress is doubled due to the sudden change in schedules.
If you are already feeling the ‘Stresstember’ strain, take a look at our simple guide below to help you regain control and tackle stress.
Saying yes to everything will mean you end up having too much to do, and this will only add to stress and feeling overwhelmed. Rather than choosing more, choose less so you can channel your efforts into fewer things of greater priority. Learning to say no can be difficult, but it will help to set important boundaries.
Use your support networks
When you are feeling overwhelmed, it can be easy to forget the special people in your life. Your friends and family however provide a backbone during stressful times and are important for well-being and a positive mind. Prioritising time and attention to strengthening these relationships will make you feel better in the long-run.
Focus on one task
Multi-tasking is considered a desirable trait, but our brains are not designed to do two things at once. According to a study conducted by Harold Pashler, a psychology professor at the University of California, focusing on one thing at a time greatly improves performance in even the simplest of tasks.
Do not delay
Procrastinating and keeping busy by doing micro tasks may fool our brains that we are keeping busy, but in reality we are wasting time that could be spent tackling the more challenging things. Get these out of the way first to ease your mind and reduce your work load.
Being aware of the clock and a specific deadline time has been shown to increase productivity. Clock watching is also an important strategy for helping to prioritise and break down more complex tasks into manageable chunks.
No matter how hectic life becomes, you need to put some time aside to look after yourself and enjoy the things that make you happy, such as reading, socialising or cooking. However if your stress levels are affecting your happiness and ability to live normally, you should consider getting help.