Tips for managing stress in the workplace
By: Claire, redwigwam
Today is National Stress Awareness Day… Now I promise, this day is not to stress you out.
Although the thought of a full day dedicated to stress may have your anxiety flowing! This day is to discuss the stresses we have, and many ways we can reduce them.
Here, we've listed our 5 top tips for reducing stress...
Split Up Tasks
A heavy workload can sometimes feel overwhelming...but splitting your work into bite-sized chunks may help. Smaller goals seem more achievable than one giant one. You’ll also be able to watch your progress – and witness how fab you actually are!
Talk It Out
A lot of us don’t want to bother our friends or family members when we have a problem. But talking it out can do the world of good!
If you talk to friends/family members about your stress, you’ll probably find you’re not alone.
Another way I’ve found helpful in the past is writing blog posts. When I put them online, I had other people reaching out telling me they’re so thankful they’d come across my blogs as they’ve realised they are not alone.
If this isn’t an option for you, you can always try a helpline, such as Support Line. Or if you don’t want to post blogs on your social media platforms, you can always post them online anonymously.
It’s so easy to think about all the things you haven’t achieved. But if you look at what you have achieved, you’ll be pretty impressed with yourself. Write in a notebook or diary what went well in your day, and talk about how it made you feel.
Get Away From Your Desk
No matter how many tasks or deadlines you have, you need to have a break. Get yourself some fresh air, and have a nice breather!
Regular activity will help you work off the stress, even if it’s only 10 minutes a day.
The best thing to do is write a to list. Also, prioritise your workload for things that need to be done at an earlier date. Or things that need to be done over a long period of time.
You can even set mini-deadlines for yourself, and if you achieve them, give yourself a reward. If you don’t always hit your targets, don’t stress. Look back over your plans and adjust them!
Managing stressful situations at work can sometimes seem daunting. Have a look at this blog post with some useful tips for your first day in a new job!