October 10th is #worldmentalhealth day, which means a lot of information about how to reduce stress at work is being shared. So, we would like to contribute!
As Mind is our charity of the year for 2020, we are lucky enough to have been given lots of fantastic information about how to manage emotions, anxiety and sleep issues.
However, managing stress can be a little bit different. Each working environment you are apart of can introduce new levels of stress that you might not be used to. We have a range of employees with lots of different backgrounds and experiences, all with different techniques of stress management.
It’s important to manage your stress levels properly as there are always risks of developing mental health or prolonged medical issues. Conditions like depression and anxiety are often linked to mismanagement of stress from areas of life. Therefore, building resilience is vital to reacting to distressing situations.
So, with the help of Mind – here are some tips on how to reduce stress at work:
Manage your workload effectively
- Ask for help. Everyone needs a hand from time to time. Discuss your workload with your manager. Talk about setting realistic targets and how you can solve any problems you’re having.
- Balance your time. Occasionally you may need to work longer hours to get something done but try to claim this time back later if you can. Don’t do too much at once. Give each task your full attention. It often takes longer if you try to do too much at the same time.
- Reward yourself for achievements. It is easy to focus on what needs to be done next and forget to reward yourself for what you have already accomplished.
- Be realistic. You don’t have to be ‘perfect’ all the time.
Evaluate your work-life balance
- Take short breaks throughout the day as well as at least half-an-hour away from your desk at lunch. Go for a short walk outside if you can.
- Take some time off. If things get too much, taking a few days off or a long weekend can help you feel refreshed and actually increase your productivity in the long-run. Use the holiday you’re entitled to.
- Don’t let your life be work. Nurture your outside relationships, interests and your skills that your job doesn’t use.
- Develop end-of-day habits. Do something at the end of each working day, such as tidying your desk or making a list of what needs to be done tomorrow. This can help you to switch off from work.
Don’t ever think you are alone
- Make a Wellness Action Plan to map out what causes you stress and what keeps you well at work. Make use of other support already on offer. Some organisations provide employee assistance programs (EAPs) which give free advice and counseling. Others have internal systems such as mentoring or buddy systems.
- If you don’t feel supported, communicate this. If you feel you can’t talk to your boss, speak or write to your human resources department or trade union representative if you have one.
- Develop good relationships with your colleagues. Connecting with them can help to build up a network of support and make being at work more enjoyable.
Be sure to check out the Mind website, especially if you are looking at ways to improve your own or your employee’s stress levels.
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