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Today (Wednesday 5th November) is National Stress Awareness Day, an annual event which is designed to remind employees in the UK about the importance of taking the time to reduce their stress levels. 

The day is organised by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA), and this year the theme is ‘stress: the balancing act’. 

As a result of smartphones, tablets and more public WiFi than ever before, it is becoming increasingly difficult for criminal justice staff to switch off once they have left the office. They often face increased pressure to remain accessible throughout the evening and also at weekends, leading to increased caseloads and hours of additional overtime. 

As a result, ISMA is using National Stress Awareness Day to encourage workers to think about the importance of maintaining a positive balance between work and play.

Sanctuary understands the intense pressures that criminal justice staff are under, and are taking the necessary steps to help support workers at all stages throughout their careers. Whether it is through the offer of career support via online discussions, interview support or even just the knowledge that there is somebody willing to listen, Sanctuary is going the extra mile to ensure our candidates can focus solely on the job that they trained to do. 

If you are feeling overwhelmed, here are Sanctuary’s top five tips for helping you to manage your stress:

1) A problem shared is a problem halved. Whilst this may seem like a cliché, it is true that a colleague or associate may be able to suggest an alternative solution that you may not have thought of. Make sure you have a good network of people who can support you and help you see things in a different way.  

2) If you feel overwhelmed, focus on good quality time management. In the UK, we work some of the longest hours in Europe, and this can result in workplace illness. Prioritise the tasks that will make a real difference to your workload, leaving the least important tasks till the end of the day.  

3) Try to be as positive as you can – focus on things that you can do, rather than the things that you can’t do. Accept the things that you can’t change and concentrate your efforts on the things that you can change. By changing your perspective you may find it easier to find an alternative solution to your problem. 

4) It may be tempting to rely on smoking, caffeine or a large glass of wine to help you cope with stress, but they won’t solve your problems. Try to find the time to take regular exercise – even a simple evening stroll could be enough to help you unwind. Exercise has been proven to help you clear your mind, reducing the emotional intensity which may be preventing you from finding a practical solution to your problem. 

5) Make sure you unwind at the end of a hard day, switch your phone and emails off and take the time to relax properly. It is important to have a positive work-home life balance so you feel more equipped to cope with your stress levels. 

What are your top tips for managing your stress? Tweet us, using the hashtag #NSAD

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