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There’s pressure in being successful.

There’s stress in leading people, coming up with new ideas, working hard, balancing priorities and making a difference.

Sometimes, we become aware of that pressure and try to avoid it.

Instead of aspiring to be our best, we choose to underachieve.

But there’s stress there as well.

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I love Christmas.

It’s always been one of my favourite times of the year and now that I have young children, it’s taken on a whole new dimension.

However, I’m also conscious that this period of the year can become a very stressful one for many people, with the reality of the day not always matching our lofty and idealistic expectations.

To maximise our Christmas period, I have identified a few simple tips that I trust can take away some of the stress and help you to enjoy this wonderful time.

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There is no doubt that the interview process can be a challenging one for many people.  The anxiety and nervousness that comes with this process can be distracting and debilitating, causing some of us to perform below our best.  Some people have had such negative experiences that they dread the thought of interviews and either have an increase in stress or don’t apply for new roles, limiting their potential and sense of well-being.

Over the years I’ve helped many people to deal with their nerves in an interview situation.  Here are my top 8 tips:

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Stress is a massive health issue in the Western World. 

A recent British survey showed that 54% of the population was more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke when under stress and a similar survey from Sweden indicated that stress can double the risk of diabetes.  Some medical experts even go so far as to suggest that 70% of people in a Doctor’s waiting room are there due to stress-related illnesses.

What are some of the signs that you are suffering from excessive stress?

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Stress is a huge issue in the western world and is a major health issue.  It’s estimated that up to 70% of patients waiting to see a doctor are there due to a stress related illness.

As a result, we often want to avoid stress, trying to minimise it and it’s possible consequences.  On reflection though, I can’t help but think about most successful people and the pressures that they are under when compared with people who are unable to break through in their lives.

Stress can actually be an indicator that you are making progress in your career or business.  It’s also an indicator that you are alive and kicking.  I have three young kids and there are times when they really push my buttons and give me very little down time, but I also wouldn’t have it any other way.  So instead of avoiding stress, I would advise that we should be learning some coping mechanisms so that the impacts of stress are not as dramatic.

How can we do this? 

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