Stress. It’s something we face in our day-to-day lives. Whether that’s when we’re stuck in traffic, siblings are arguing over what TV programme to watch or the news is causing some concern. Many of us face stress in our work lives which can feel dominating and sometimes uncontrollable. From deadlines to pressure in your role, we can all feel stressed in our working lives regardless of what our position is in the job. This Stress Awareness Month, here are a few tips to help manage stress at work.
Getting on Top of your Workload
When we’ve got a building to-do list, it’s difficult to see the wood through the trees. Just when you think you’ve conquered one task, two more build up. If things are starting to feel unbearable it’s important to understand how to manage your capacity be-fore you overload. There are a number of effective ways this can be achieved across most careers. Chat to your manager about your workload and set realistic targets together or ask whether you can delegate some of your tasks. Prioritise what needs doing first. It may seem simple but sometimes we are constantly plate spinning and can’t perform to our fullest. Give each item your full attention and if there are times you’re working after hours, be brave and ask for that time back. Finally, have a goal and a reward in mind. It could be anything from watching that new Netflix programme, going to a nice restaurant or finally getting stuck into a book. Just remember to be kind to yourself.
Look After Your Health
It’s true what they say about endorphins when you exercise. They release an energy and a sense of accomplishment when you’ve done a workout or set a new personal best. Everyone has their preferred way to stay fit and healthy. Whether that’s going to the gym, yoga, swimming or HIIT classes with your favourite YouTuber. Although when we feel stressed or feel like we have a mountain of work to complete, the last thing we want to do is take an hour out of our day. Sometimes even just getting some fresh air for half an hour for a wellness walk can really help. It gets you away from the desk and you’ll come back feeling more focussed instead of burying your head in a screen. Also, keep a healthy diet too. Make sure you get your five a day and not too many of the things that are bad for you. These little steps can make a big difference.
It may sound like a daunting thing to do, but speaking out can do the world of good. A problem shared is a problem halved and the release of anxiety we have once we’ve spoke to someone about our issues makes a real change. Your manager should be your first port of call, but if you’re not comfortable to do so there is always human re-sources or a trade union representative if available. It’ll be in confidence, if you wish, and you can always write first if the thought of talking in person is making you feel nervous. There’s also your colleagues who can also provide advice if it’s something they’ve experienced before, or you trust them as a network of support for more personal matters. Another option is employee assistance programmes (EAPs). There are a number of these available and they offer free advice and counselling sessions. Some workplaces have these as part of their benefits package, so keep an eye out.
Find the Right Balance
How often do we hear friends, family and co-workers saying how tough it is to get a good work-life balance. It’s something many of us experience, spending late nights at work but wanting to spend more time with the family. Firstly, remember to take a proper lunch break. This can make a real difference and can provide an opportunity to check in with home, catch up with admin or simply get some fresh air. Also, re-member to use up the holiday leave you’re entitled to. A time to get a real break, whether that’s for a few weeks or even a long weekend, this will help you feel refreshed and motivated again. Another tip is to try and switch off at home. Before you leave the office write a to-do list for the next day so that doesn’t play on your mind, turn off notifications and put away the work phone.
Download Mindful Apps
There are a huge amount of apps available to help with stress and anxiety that give you a little space to think with short and more lengthy exercises to bring some balance into your day. From Headspace to Calm these apps feature everything from breathing tips to meditation, an afternoon lift and wind down music to help you sleep. Celebrities, entrepreneurs and many people within the workforce praise their ability to bring some peace and restoration, to reduce stress and to re-focus your mind.
Stress comes in the form of many ways and we tackle it differently each time. Perhaps you understand your trigger points and know how to put yourself back on the right track again. There may be a time though where you have come to the point where you want to leave your job and look for better prospects elsewhere. That’s ok, the main thing is that you tried and it didn’t work this time round, but it will. The team at Omega are always on hand to find the right fit for you and we’ll do our utmost to find the best match for your skillset. Speak to our consultants on 01453 827333 to see how we can help you.
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