5 tips for coping with stress at work

5 tips for coping with stress at work

 17 May 2018

Let’s talk mental health...
 
That taboo subject that so many of us feel uncomfortable to mention.  With 1 in 4 people in the UK suffering from mental health problems, it’s more important than ever to raise awareness for those affected.
 
This year #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek focuses on stress.  We’ve put together 5 tips on coping with stress at work:
 
1. Manage your time
Make a plan for your day ahead, or even your week ahead if you can.  Splitting your workload into manageable chunks makes it feel more achievable.  Tick or cross-off the tasks that you’ve completed.  It feels good to see your progress. 
 
If you’re eager to achieve a better work/ life balance, make a weekly plan with how your time is split between work, home and hobbies.  Highlight the areas where you waste time and think about how you could use this time for something more important.  Better planning = less stress.
 
2. Take a breather
Stepping away from your desk is so important.  Even if you think you’re too busy to do so, it’s vital for brain function. 
I’ve only got 5 minutes….
Grab a coffee, spend 5 minutes in the fresh air or simply walk to someone’s desk instead of calling or emailing them.
On your lunchbreak…
Go for a walk.  Even better, go with a colleague or friend and talk about anything that’s not work related. It clears your mind for a short while and makes your afternoon more productive.
 
3. Take a positive approach
The way we look at the world can have an impact on our stress levels.  If you constantly feel angry when frustrating situations occur, inevitably this is going to cause you stress. Try and turn negativity into a positive.  You can start it on your commute to work; give up your seat on the packed train to someone else.  The good deed turns a stressful situation into a positive.
 
Also, look at the positives in your life and think about the things you are grateful for.  It is easy to focus on things that make you unhappy. At the end of each day, write down three things that you are proud of or that you are grateful for.
 
4. Do something creative
Did you know that spending just 45 minutes doing something creative will reduce cortisol levels (the hormone your body produces in response to stress)? Whether it’s colouring-in, drawing, painting or sticking bits of paper together, anything that gets your creative mind working will help reduce stress.  Time to brush up on your art attack skills!
 
5. Speak to others
If everything seems too much, speak out. A problem shared is a problem halved. Stress is the result of demanding circumstances. If you share with others about how you are feeling it will help offload some of the worry. 
 
Your health and well-being are paramount so remember to look after yourself and never be afraid to speak to someone if you need help.  

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