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How to manage stress in the workplace

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How to manage stress in the workplace

Did you know that work related stress is the second most common reported cause of occupational stress?

So what do we mean by workplace stress?

Stress typically arises when there are more demands on our time than we have resources to deal with. This can happen at work when you feel you have too many tasks and not enough hours to complete them.

How can you manage it?

The first step to stress management is to identify when it started and what triggered it. Was it a change of manager or taking on a new job role? Maybe it started when you came back from a holiday or after a period of illness. Figuring out the starting point can help you identify how to move forward from it.

It is important to talk about when you are feeling stressed. At Swanstaff we have a Mental Wellbeing Policy which encourages employees to speak to their manager about any issues or concerns they have so that they can help. The policy advises managers to try to identify things that may affect their staff’s wellbeing and take steps to eliminate or reduce them.

Here are our 5 top tips to managing stress at work:

  1. Work out the causes of your stress. You can keep a diary of what triggers your stress to help you best work out how to deal with it.
  2. Following on from point one you can learn how to react in a healthy way to stress. Some people find it helpful to write a list and set themselves a schedule for the day to help them see how much they have left to do. Ticking things off a list can be really therapeutic.
  3. Establish boundaries. You can say no if things are getting on top of you. If you have been asked to do something and you know you don’t have time for it that day you can say “I’m sorry but I don’t have time today, I can do this on ____day.” The person will either have to find someone else to do it or wait. Learning how to prioritise your tasks is a skill that will really help.
  4. Take the time to sit down and relax. Make sure to leave your desk at lunch and go and sit somewhere away from the work. This could be in a staff room, or outside of the office if you don’t have a staff room.
  5. Speak out. Opening up to your manager or colleagues is really important. They can offer you support and help you find ways to manage your stress.

To find out more about caring for your employees wellbeing you can check out our other article here.

Alternatively you can visit the MIND charity website for more advice and support.