Stress Management

Stress Management

Stress is part and parcel of everyday life as we deal with challenges posed by work, family commitments, financial obligations, and social relationships. While a small to moderate amount of stress may actually stimulate us to perform better, excessive stress or stress which endures over a prolonged period of time can damage our health. In this context, there is growing evidence which suggests that stress has a significant impact on our risk of developing heart disease.

Read more: Stress as a Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease

Ways in which you can minimise the potentially harmful effects of stress include:

  • Being realistic about yourself and the situations which you face – do not try to achieve the impossible;
  • Identifying any negative feelings and attitudes which you may have and dealing with them constructively so that they will not become an emotional liability to you;
  • Planning your time carefully – prioritise your outstanding tasks and start with the more important ones first;
  • Building up a support system – cultivate a circle of friends and family members with whom you can share your problems openly and frankly
  • Making adequate time for rest and leisure in your daily routine;
  • Engaging in relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, shoulder and neck massages, and meditation when you feel stressed.

Help with stress management
In addition, professional help with stress management is available at the following institutions:

Changi General Hospital
http://www.cgh.com.sg
Dept of Psychological Medicine
Tel: 6850-3333

Institute of Mental Health
http://www.imh.com.sg
Dept of Psychology
Tel: 6389-2200

Singapore General Hospital
http://www.sgh.com.sg
Dept of Behavioural Medicine
Tel: 6321-4377

Singapore Association for Mental Health
http://www.samhealth.org.sg
Tel: 1800-283 7019