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Simple ways to take back control and reduce your stress levels

In a challenging work situation, the level of stress and anxiety you are feeling may well be unnecessary – but you can beat it by taking control with these simple tools.
Stressed nurse

In a challenging work situation, the level of stress and anxiety you are feeling may well be unnecessary – but you can beat it by taking control with these simple tools

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Stress is a significant problem throughout the NHS workforce.

Almost 40% of employees who responded to the 2015 NHS staff survey reported feeling unwell because of work-related stress and pressure. However, more than 90% of staff acknowledged that the pressure they put on themselves had a greater effect on their stress levels than pressure from colleagues or management.

Recognising and reducing the pressure that you put on yourself is vital to your physical and mental wellbeing.

Patients and their relatives have a range of ways of coping with distressing news. Similarly, you and your colleagues will have different coping strategies when faced with competing demands. Some nurses thrive on

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