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Staying Well Together: Planning Helps Prevent Stress


KIU, Main Campus – Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension, according to it can come from any event or thought that makes you frustrated, angry or nervous.

Stress can be positive, though most of the time it leads to anxiety, causing negative outcomes like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and depression.

It is therefore important that one tries to check stress and stop it in its tracks before it becomes overwhelming.

Dr Naureen Whittinger, a Senior Clinical Psychologist at the London NHS Foundation Trust, UK, with 16 years’ experience in the public and private sector mental health system, shares on how planning can effectively reduce and prevent stress.

Studies show that leaving tasks half-finished increases stress. This is because our body is better at remembering interrupted processes than completed ones, and unfinished tasks linger on our mind, demanding attention.

Decisions are especially taxing in this regard, meaning even regular choices leave us feeling overwhelmed.

“Adequate planning is one way to minimize stress. Time management skills can help you sort out priorities, work out when tasks can realistically be completed, and reduce your vulnerability to distractions,” says Dr Whittinger.

“If you make a schedule for a day, a week, and a month, you can be better prepared for anything that pops up and everything you need to accomplish. This will help you feel more focused and calm.”