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Coping with workplace stress- National Stress Awareness Day

Posted on November 6th 2019

Stress has been with us since the beginning of time. Today’s life challenges are far more complex than they used to be. Living in an age of intense and increasingly rapid change, we are subjected to more  pressures to adapt to in a short amount of time.

Work related stress, depression and anxiety currently affects more than 600,000 workers throughout the UK. Over 11 million working days are lost each year due to stress-related illnesses.

It is important to have good stress management in the workplace to avoid making an existing problem worse.

When you feel overwhelmed at work, you may lose confidence in your capability to excel in your job. No matter what your career is, there are things you can do to help reduce your stress levels.

Here are some tips from employees at Oliver & Co on how to deal with stress, and how to have a calm and composed approach to testing situations.

  • Going out at lunchtime and going for a walk
  • Take a deep breath in and think of your senses- something you can see, taste, touch, smell and hear. This will help to get your mind off the situation causing you stress, as you are now focused on something else
  • Tackle the issues in bitesize chunks- don’t try to fix everything at once
  • Write a list of your tasks for the day and cross each one off when you complete them- a basic exercise yet mentally rewarding
  • Talk openly about your problems. There may be someone who is able to help you in order to complete the task, instead of working yourself up to try and finish it alone
  • Make sure you take regular breaks. Whether it is visiting a colleague on another floor or making a cup of tea, getting away from your desk or work station will help you relax and recharge
  • Let your employer know if you are struggling. Talking is the first step in turning a problem into a solution. Healthier and happier employees are more productive, so let your employer know about any specific issues that are affecting your performance

 

If you are struggling with work-place stress, it may be time to take action.

Here are a list of useful websites who give professional advice on tackling overwhelming situations and anxious feelings at work:

https://www.bupa.co.uk/health-information/mental-health/stress-workplace

https://www.acas.org.uk/article/6062/Dealing-with-stress-in-the-workplace

https://www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/mental-wellbeing/stress/beat-stress-at-work

https://www.unum.co.uk/stress-work

 

By Emma Stockman

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