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Many people find that their job can cause them stress. It is something that some people even expect to get from their job and therefore do not try to do anything about it. However, it should not be normal to have stress from your job and there are things that you can do which should reduce it.

It is wise to have a hobby that will give you something to do when you are not at work. This will hopefully be able to distract you from any worries that you have at work and give you something to think about and focus on. If it something which can be done at any time and takes little effort to set up, it can be even better.

It can be worth finding some stress management techniques that work for you. Some people find that meditation, muscle relaxation, yoga or something similar help them. Others find that reading a funny book, taking a bath or having a walk will be good. It is important to try different things in order to find out which will be the best for you. You should do these things regularly so that you can feel calm all of the time. Even if you are not stressed it is good to do them and then when you do find yourself in a situation of stress you should feel more able to deal with it.

It can be handy to have a relaxation trigger. Some people might press their tongue to the roof of their mouth, rub their forehead or massage their hand. If you can do something like this when you are relaxed, then you will start to associate this action with feeling relaxed. If you are in a stressful situation, you can do this and it should help the calm feeling to come to you.

If you find that you are constantly stressed, then it may be that you need to consider whether the job that you are doing is the right one for you. It could be that you would benefit form a change of job or to do something different that might be less stressful. It may just be that you need a break from work. You could consider taking a long holiday or perhaps some unpaid leave so that you have time for your mind and body to recover. If the stress is very bad, you may be able to see your GP to get some sick leave to recover and they may be able to organise counselling for you. If you find that this is not enough, then you may need to consider changing jobs or just working part time. Obviously this can be a difficult decision to make as you will need to consider whether you will have enough income in order to do this and whether you have the right skills to be able to change to a different job. You may need to consider whether you want to do some training in order to swap careers and whether this is something that you can afford to do.