How to Manage Workplace Stress

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How to Manage Workplace Stress

Modern workplaces can often be incredibly stressful environments. With tight deadlines, demanding bosses and heavy workloads, it is no wonder that 40% of workers reported that their job was either very or extremely stressful.

It is important that we all try our best to manage stress in the workplace to promote positive mental health and prevent burnout. Managing stress involves learning various techniques that you can utilise when needed. Continue reading to find out what you can do to help identify the causes of your workplace stress and the methods you can use to manage it. 

What is stress?

Stress is a biological response to a change in circumstances that requires a response from the individual. For example; your manager suddenly asks you to complete a time-sensitive task, when you are already swamped under with other work. This situation will likely cause stress as it is a major change/disruptor to your regular behaviour, and in response to this your body will react.

What can cause stress?

Many factors can be responsible for causing workplace stress. These can include;

  • Staff Conflict
  • Deadlines
  • Too much work
  • Short-staffed Offices
  • Underperformance
 

It is crucial that you first identify what is causing you stress in your work environment. Once you have begun to understand the root cause of the stress, you can then begin to work on managing it effectively.

How to manage stress

There are many different methods of managing stress. The truth is there is no single miracle cure to remove stress from our lives – if there was then the world would be a much happier place!

First and foremost, you should keep a positive attitude. Having this mindset will allow you to tackle whatever stressors are thrown at you. It will also keep your mind focussed on being able to get through a difficult time.

You need to accept that there are situations and events that are out of your control. You will never be able to control every aspect of your life and accepting this will help you focus on the areas that you can control.

You need to be assertive not aggressive. Being assertive will allow you to make informed decisions on how to handle a situation. If you are aggressive, you are more likely to make impulsive decisions that will have a negative impact, rather than a positive one.

In the long term, you should exercise regularly. Having a good training plan in place has numerous benefits. The schedule alone helps you to maintain a healthy routine for sleeping, eating and exercising. Exercise is a great way to start your day, or wind down after a stressful day. Put your favourite music on and clear your head – this is YOU time! Exercise also releases endorphins which are natural mood-lifters. They are a “feel good” hormone which help to manage workplace stress.

Finally, you should explore relaxation techniques, such as; meditation, yoga or tai-chi. There are some very informative videos which show you how to get the most out of these techniques.

How can we help?

If you find that you are really struggling with stress and there is no light at the end of the tunnel, please get in touch with us. We are highly experiences in assisting with stress related matters and  can provide Stress Management Training to help you through it.

 

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