4 Ways To Manage Stress At Work

According to recent research, the number of workers who feel stressed at work is at an all-time high, with around 29-40% of workers feeling extremely stressed. Workplace stress has huge health consequences, ranging from cold and flu to more serious issues such as heart disease. But, as stress in the workplace is so common, the chances of getting a job which is low-stress is extremely difficult.

 

Despite the stress that many employees are feeling, it is common that they do not feel comfortable discussing this with their employer. It isn’t just the prevalence of mental health and stress issues at work, but staff don’t feel supported enough to cope with stress that they experience in the workplace. Excessive workloads, lack of support and threats of redundancy are the main culprits for employees to feel stress, but what can be done to help manage this on a daily basis?

 

Start Your Day Right

Mornings can be extremely stressful – getting kids dropped off at school, combatting road rage, traffic and skipping breakfast all contribute to extreme stress levels, meaning you arrive at work already stressed and irritated. Taking the mornings a bit slower may surprise you as to how much less stressful it can make you feel. When you have a proper breakfast, arrive at work with time spare and get kids sorted, it makes the day a whole lot easier to tackle. 

 

Steer Clear Of Conflict

Interpersonal conflict can take a toll on your physical, emotional and mental health and as conflict between coworkers can be difficult to get away from, it’s best to avoid conflict at work as much as you possibly can. Avoid gossiping, steer clear of humour which may be seen as colourful and don’t share too many personal opinions on politics or religion. If there are people at work who don’t tend to work well with others, try to avoid them and should conflict find a way to your desk, try to deal with it as appropriately as you can. 

 

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Surprisingly, you can feel stressed and anxious if you are physically uncomfortable when sat at your desk. You might not notice it if you sit there for just a few minutes, but if you are practically desk-bound during your working day, then you can be more reactive to stress and have symptoms such as a sore back, foggy brain or restless feet. Small things like office noise can also cause frustration and be distracting, so do what you can to make sure you are comfortable and in the best working environment for you. 

 

Go For A Walk

Many of us are feeling unwell due to a mostly sedentary lifestyle. If you want to combat this and manage your stress levels at the same time, then why not try some exercise during your lunch break? Going for a 30-minute walk in the middle of the day can do wonders for your physical and mental health and wellbeing and make you think much clearer for the rest of the day and you get to release some steam, improve your mood and get into better shape. Take a look at your diet, as this can also have an effect on your mood. If you spend the day sipping coffee, grabbing a shop sandwich and sitting for 8 hours a day, you’re naturally going to be grouchy and feel in a slump. Stay hydrated with plenty of water, eat a well-balanced diet, consider taking magnesium tablets and multivitamins and get moving during the day – you’ll notice a difference in your stress levels in just a week. 

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