It’s National Stress Awareness Month! Stress in the workplace is very common and can manifest itself in different ways. Learning to recognise and deal with stress is key in today’s modern society. Here are a few simple suggestions to try if you’re finding yourself feeling a bit stressed at work.
Take a Walk
Now that spring has sprung, why not take advantage of the better weather and take a short walk outside to improve your mood? Fresh air, movement and sunshine can all help reduce some of your stress.
Make a detox drink
You don’t have to go all-out with a juice cleanse. Just brew a pot of strong green tea, add a few lemon slices and drink it often for an easy way to cleanse your body.
Take a break
This is especially applicable if your job involves sitting for long periods of time. We’re all aware of the well- documented health reasons but it can cause stress on your body too. Remember to try and get up every 30 minutes and move around if you can or walk to a co-worker’s desk instead of emailing. Face-to-face contact can be hugely beneficial if you’re feeling a bit stressed or low.
Be ‘SMART’ About Your To-Do Lists
If you’re going to make a to-do list, make sure your tasks are specific, measurable, attainable, rewarding and time-limited. This will help you prioritise what’s important and stop stressing about the rest.
Close the door on work
Although at times it can be unavoidable, try to be mindful about how much extra work you are doing a week and what impact this is having on your health. Remember to take time out and spend some recreational time doing what you love.
If you are feeling overwhelmed at work or at home, it’s really important to let someone know before it gets too much. It’s easy to say yes to everything but make sure your workload is manageable. Remember there’s only one of you. By putting yourself under too much pressure you might find you crash and burn.
Don’t bottle it up – learn to talk and open up
Be open and honest about how you are feeling. If for whatever reason you are struggling to cope find someone to talk to. A trusted colleague or your line manager may be a good place to start.
Stress Awareness Month has helped increase public awareness around our modern stress epidemic. It helps by tackling the stigma that is associated with stress and is encouraging people to talk openly and freely to friends, family and colleagues. For more advice visit their website www.stress.org.uk.
These tips have been put together as some basic steps to help alleviate the day-to-day work pressures. If you are suffering from prolonged depression or anxiety we would recommend you seek professional advice.