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Top tips to manage your wellbeing over the festive period

As we come to one of the busiest times of the year for everyone working in retail, it is important to manage your wellbeing and build resilience so you don’t become overwhelmed by stress. retailTRUST have penned some top tips to manage your own wellbeing this festive period.

What is stress?  

One of the more common myths surrounding stress is that it’s an illness. It’s true that unchecked, sustained stress of any kind can cause us to develop mental and physical health problems but stress in itself is not an illness. Instead, it’s a set of circumstances which can cause you to feel out of control, overwhelmed and ultimately, burnt-out.

We can’t always control what happens to us in the course of our day-to-day lives but we can learn to manage stress in a proactive way. We can use techniques which not only get us through difficult times but also help us to develop coping skills when we inevitably face stressful events again in the future.

Top tips to build resilience and manage your wellbeing

Get enough sleep

Between seven and eight hours of nightly sleep tends to be seen as the norm, although only you can tell if you are getting too little – or too much – sleep. To find out more download ‘How to get a better night’s sleep’ from the retailTRUST website at retailtrust.org.uk/downloads

Exercise

Did you know that even 30 minutes of activity, five times a week can lift your mood and reduce anxiety?

Plan your meals

It’s worth planning your meals in advance to ensure that you’re giving your body everything it needs to work optimally. Avoiding sugar highs can also help.

Remember to breathe

When we become stressed or anxious, we tend to breathe more erratically and quickly which in turns makes us feel more stressed. Find a comfortable position and breathe deeply.

Take time out

Even 15 minutes of ‘you time’ a day brings positive benefits.

Think positively

Turning negative thoughts into positive actions will make you feel more in control and able to manage the challenges that life brings.

Get organised

Don’t try to organise everything at once, just one task a day can bring a sense of calm to an otherwise overwhelming to do list.

For more tips and guidance, visit retailtrust.org.uk/downloads and download the retailTRUST guide to managing stress and building resilience.

Remember that you’re not alone 

There are plenty of people you can call on for help. You can:

  • Talk your worries through with a trusted friend or family member
  • Contact your GP, particularly if you’re experiencing any physical or mental health problems
  • Get in touch with retailTRUST who provide free and confidential wellbeing services. Their wellbeing helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for everyone connected to retail.

For more information, visit https://www.retailtrust.org.uk/wellbeing-services

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