Managing Stress in the Workplace

Stress is a well-known factor in the workplace and affects people in different ways depending on age, experience, and disabilities, as well as many other factors. Feeling some level of stress is normal but when it becomes overwhelming it can affect your mental and emotional wellbeing. Everyone deals with stress differently and what works for one person may not work for the next so finding methods that work for you is key.

 Here are a few points on how to help manage stress at work : -

Be active and look after your physical health

Try taking some time out to go for a short walk, jog, take some time out for you. Many people find this reduces stress and gives a clear mind. Take the breaks you are entitled to and take time away from your desk at lunch.

Work/ Life Balance

We are already beginning to see that one of the benefits of lockdown and the pandemic is that employees and employers have re-evaluated the importance of work/ life balance with many work places now offering a much more flexible approach to working from home and flexible hours. This will no doubt cut down on the likes of the stressful start of the day for many such as the commute to work, dropping kids off early and getting everyone out of the house on time.

Take time away from work whether that be in the office or from your desk at home. It is much easier now with emails on phones, laptops at home and social media to feel like you can never switch off but try to be strict with yourself and set aside some ‘me’ time without thinking about work for socialising and relaxation. Have an end of day routine to finish off the day by tidying your workspace and doing a to do list to start the next day.

Talk to your employers

If there is a problem with your workload discuss this with your manager as between you there may be a solution. Try to organise yourself to help balance your time. Keep your diary up to date and clear any emails you do not need. Overall, don’t keep it bottled up and let your employers know you are feeling stressed.

Challenge yourself

Give yourself goals and challenges outside of work. Is there a hobby you have been meaning to start, an activity you haven’t got around to doing? Develop interests and skills that you don’t use in your job to differentiate between your personal and work life.

Connect with people

Ensure you have a good support network of colleagues, friends and family. Often a problem shared is a problem halved. Talking things through with friends and family can often help to alleviate how you are feeling. Having connections with colleagues can also make your workplace feel more familiar and enjoyable.

Avoid unhealthy habits

Don’t turn to alcohol, smoking, caffeine or other vices as a way of managing stress. Whilst it may help in the short term it won’t do much good for the long-term problem. Try different techniques such as relaxation, mindfulness and taking time out for a holiday.