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Mental Health Awareness - How to Reduce Stress At Work

Your mental health is just as important as physical health and for Mental Health Awareness week this year, the theme is Stress

Stress is not necessarily a mental problem in itself, it is a feeling of being under abnormal pressure. This pressure is caused by all sorts of situations. Such as an increased workload, a transitional period or financial worries. It can cause mental and physical illnesses such as anxiety, depression, altered appetite, headaches or backaches.

In the UK, 70 million days are lost from work each year due to mental ill health, i.e. stress-related conditions, depression and anxiety; making it the leading cause of work absences

Workplace stress is a reaction to pressure at work or amongst other working conditions, however, the key is to manage the feelings of stress so it remains at a healthy level and doesn’t become overwhelming. Stress management is the ability to recognise the sources of stress and restructure yourself, your work or your life in order to cope with them.

Few tips on how to reduce stress at work

Speak out

Studies shows that half of people at work do not tell their boss if they struggle with mental illness. However, speaking to your Manager may help when feeling overwhelmed, perhaps you feel you have too many demands or deadlines approaching, work out a plan to tackle your workload before it comes too much. Having a solid support system at work can help buffer you from the negative effects of job stress, they may have ideas you had not thought of which might help you complete your tasks, or come up with other support or solutions to get the job done.

Manage your time and tasks

Could you work smarter – not harder and make more time for yourself? You can do this by clarifying objectives to identify what to prioritise. Evaluate the importance of every task – focus on the tasks that have the largest impact, for example, your goals, or tasks that fit into wider business objectives and break it down into smaller tasks/steps. This makes it easier to handle and gives a greater sense of achievement as you complete parts of it.

Have breaks

Take a break, away from your desk. A brisk walk can really help clear your head and although you may not feel like it, physical exercise can sharpen your focus and lift your mood, making tackling a stressful situations seem less daunting. Take time to eat throughout the day. Low blood sugar levels can make you feel anxious and irritable. It may feel like you’re wasting time that could be spent working, but you’ll be much more productive as well as less stressed, when you return to your desk.

Think positively

Stress can feel a lot worse by thinking negatively; you won’t feel motivated or have the energy to tackle the problem, give yourself credit for completing tasks and build relationships with positive people. If changes at work are causing  your stress, think about the positive impact this may have on your organisation .

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May 17, 2018 11:40 AM
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