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Four tips for soloist stress management

Australians are a stressed out bunch, and it seems our stress levels are rising. Find out why you might be stressed, and how to get your life back on track.

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We’re stressed out

According to a 2013 survey conducted by the Australian Psychological Society, Australians have been experiencing increased levels of stress and reduced wellbeing over the past 12 months.

The Stress and Wellbeing in Australia 2013 survey looked at the stress levels of Australians, unearthing a variety of worrying statistics. Almost one in seven people reported depressive symptoms in the severe to extremely severe range, while one in three Australians identified work issues as a source of their stress.

Those registering high stress levels listed many contributing factors, including long work hours and unrelenting deadlines, resulting in reduced productivity.

That said, it can be difficult to spot the warning signs of stress and it is wise to remain attentive to your own mood and motivation.

"Those registering high stress levels listed many contributing factors, including long work hours and unrelenting deadlines, resulting in reduced productivity. "

Stress signs to look out for

  • Insomnia
  • Sleep disturbances and trouble getting out of bed on work days
  • Fatigue
  • An upset stomach
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Depression and feelings of being overwhelmed

Strategies to get your work and life back on track

Identify warning signs and stressors

The first step is to identify any triggers or situations that make you feel stressed, angry, overwhelmed or deflated. You need to evaluate the top list of things that heighten your stress levels so that you can try to avoid them and move in a positive direction instead.

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For example, are you feeling burnt out from trying to complete too many projects on tight deadlines? Do you work long hours regularly?

Once you identify the warning signs, you can start putting a positive plan into place.

Change your routine

It might be time to either establish or change your routines; or strengthen your time management skills so that you can boost your productivity.

Ask for help

To avoid burnout, ask someone for help, or outsource as many tasks as possible.

Take time off

It’s important to give yourself a chance to regularly recharge by taking breaks. During the day, stop what you’re doing and stretch, go for a walk, breathe deeply or exercise. Give your brain and body a chance to relax. Don’t eat lunch at your desk and make sure you take some time off on the weekends.

It’s also vital that you book in annual level and take advantage of holidays, rather than feeling a need to work all year round.

Try some or all of these tips and you’re sure to feel rejuvenated, energised, and less stressed.

Do you have any soloist stress management tips?

Andrew Morris

is the Director of Western Australia and Queensland at Robert Half. He uses his knowledge of the Australian and Asian recruitment markets to offer clients, candidates and the media a regional perspective on recruitment trends.

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