Stress Awareness: Tips to help you cope

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Finding rest and respite from the pressures of work can be difficult. Even taking leave can be insufficient to unwind fully and regain drained energy, writes psychotherapist Sherylin Thompson.  

Whoever decided that 7 November should be Stress Awareness Day must have had accountants and tax advisers in mind. As the zombies and ghouls slink away after Halloween, even more frightening creatures start to emerge from the undergrowth with their chaotic tax records and self assessment returns.

Ahead of Stress Awareness day, Sherylin Thompson offered some useful tips to help hard-pressed accountants. Christmas and the 2013 self assessment rush could be more manageable by taking a few days off or a couple of weeks away from work to recharge your batteries beforehand, and Thompson offered hints on getting the most benefit from your time out of the office.

Thompson's "CALMS" model - set out in the article available to logged-in AccountingWEB members - is designed to build up your inner strength and resilience during your down time based around the following tips: 

  • Choice and autonomy
  • Let go 
  • Mastery
  • Social activity

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