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// CAREERS // Juggling act
The economic crisis of the last few years
has had a real impact on the happiness
of British workers, and not just those
who have lost their jobs.
The mental health charity, Mind
(www.mind.org.uk), has found that
since the recession kicked in, one in 10
workers has sought support from their
doctors and 7% have started taking
antidepressants for stress and mental
It is vital to learn to say ‘no‘. Taking on too
much work can be bad as you may not be able
to deliver the work as well as you’d like to
health problems directly caused by the
pressures of recession on their workplace.
Many staff are working longer and
longer hours, competing with colleagues
in order to keep their jobs.
Look after yourself
If you feel the strain in the workplace and
it’s taking its toll at home, there are steps
you can take to restore the balance. A
good way to start is to open up to friends
and family. Be clear about what’s important
in your life by sharing your feelings, hopes
and dreams with people close to you
– they’ll know what you’re neglecting.
Manage your day
Stop checking your emails every half
hour and only deal with them three
times a day to encourage better time
management. Also, leaving work at a
decent time will boost your mood and
you’ll have more time for things you
want to do. Being organised at work
means you’ll get jobs done far more
efficiently. Write a to-do list every day to
ensure you get through all your jobs and
stop getting sidetracked. List tasks in
order of priority, set time limits and stick
to them as much as you can.
If your working hours don’t fit in with
your other commitments, approach your
employer to discuss flexible working
options, such as starting an hour later or
working from home one day a week.
If you’re not as productive as you’d like,
you need to manage your time better.
Chartered occupational psychologist,
Emma Donaldson-Feilder, says: ‘When
the phone rings, it often seems urgent to
pick it up, but it may be more important
to continue what you are doing and let
your voicemail pick up the message.’
You should whistle
while you work
Stress can mean you forget you did once
enjoy your job and probably can again.
Make friends in the office and go out for
lunch once or twice a week as something
to look forward to. Delegating tasks at
work sets your mind at rest and allows
you to focus on more pressing tasks, while
giving others the opportunity to do the
job well. Hand over household chores,
too. Instead of cleaning the house by
yourself, get the family to chip in.
To stop work taking up all your time,
make zero commitments one weekend
every four to six weeks. Avoid plans or
to-do lists so you can spend it with your
partner, kids or friends or just chill at home.
When you’re behind with your work
and feel stressed, talk to your boss who
can advise a better time management
programme for you to stick to or
suggest a support system.
It’s also vital to learn to say
no sometimes. Taking on
When you’re with
too much work can be
your partner or
bad as you may not be
children, turn oﬀ
able to deliver the work
your work phone
as well as you’d like to and
and laptop and put
you can let people down.
can often arise from poor
communication. Concise talk is
necessary so you’re much more efficient.
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LORRAINE KELLY UPDATE
SAVE THE DATE
READING BETWEEN THE LINES
BEAUTIES IN BLUE
BAGS OF STYLE
IT'S A WRAP
IF THE SHOE FITS
THE BIG REVEAL
GET THE LOOK
LONG REIGN LORRAINE
MOTHER KNOWS BEST
AGE IS JUST A NUMBER
EXPECT THE WORST
WOMEN'S HEALTH A-Z
COULD YOU BE DEPRESSED?
GET BACK TO YOURSELF
WHAT A PAIN
A TASTE OF ITALY
DRINK IT UP
EXERCISE'S NEW GROOVE
SPRING INTO SHAPE
OUT AND ABOUT
I LOVE MY NEW BODY'
FLASH A SMILE
YOUNG AT HEART
SAFELY DOES IT
LOOK AFTER THE PENNIES
THE GOOD LIFE
CLEAN UP YOUR ACT
WHAT A BLINDER!
TAKE TO THE FLOOR
HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
THE EMERALD ISLE
REST AND RELAXATION
A MAN'S BEST FRIEND
WE LOVE BEING CRAFTY!'
MAKE THE CUT
THE ICING ON THE CAKE
LORRAINE'S ROAD TO SUCCESS
THE WORLD OF WORK
AN AGE OLD PROFESSION
THE ONLY WAY IS UP
JUST THE JOB
MOVE OVER, MISTER!
BEYOND THE SHOP FLOOR
THE BANK JOB
ARE YOU COVERED?
CAREFULLY DOES IT
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