What can I do for myself?

Health promotion advice highlights the importance of 'lifestyle' choices, including:

  • a healthy, balanced diet;
  • drinking plenty of water;
  • reducing caffeine intake;
  • not smoking;
  • taking regular exercise; and
  • getting adequate rest and relaxation.

If you are experiencing difficulties getting adequate rest breaks at work, time off when you need it, (e.g. for appointments) or other work-related problems, then discuss them with your union rep if there is one in your workplace.

Otherwise, it may be worth identifying a sympathetic person in the HR department to talk things over with. Always be sure to make an appointment with your GP, as a brief period of sick leave covered by a doctor's certificate may be the best alternative.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.