The first Wednesday of every November is National Stress Awareness Day and this year it is today (6th). We all have stress in our lives so we know what it can feel like to be stressed, however stress can lead to developing poor mental health or making existing physical and mental conditions worse.
A 2019 ACAS poll found the most common causes of stress and/or anxiety for employees was their workload, the way they were managed, and their work-life balance. So how can you manage this? What are the options inside the workplace for stress-busting?
There are several methods to help reduce stress, all depending on what the root cause of the stress is but these simple suggestions can help aleviate stress and make those workplace stresses manageable and banish those blues.
- Ask for help. Reaching out to your employer and explaining the situation and how it is affecting you, is a far better way of solving the issue than saying nothing and letting the stress grow. Everyone needs help at some point and it can help you set realistic goals and solve any problems you may have.
- Be Realistic. You may have a long to-do list, have conflicts with co-workers or perhaps a poor work/life balance, but nobody is perfect and it is okay to not always succeed.
- Balance! It is a fact that you will not always be able to leave work when you want, as projects will run on. and deadlines will change. Remember to try and claim that extra time back and use that as time to de-stress from the rigours of the job. It's yours, you've earned it! Which follows on to...
- Take Breaks! Even if you have periods when stress is low, still remember to take breaks away from your workspace. Go for a short walk if possible, chill out in a communal space if your office has one - get away from the stress and give yourself a chance to reset.
Stress may be inevitable, but it doesn't mean it isn't manageable. Reach out to your friends & family, your company HR representative or Trade Union rep (if you have one) or mental health charities such as Mind, Manage your stress and don't let it ruin your health.