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  • Writer's pictureSannah Khan

Stress Less, Work Best: Navigating Workplace Stress with Ease

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April is Stress Awareness Month.


What better time to chat about everyone's favourite topic - workplace stress?


Balancing work and life can sometimes feel like juggling flaming torches while riding a unicycle, but fear not!


In this short blog post, we'll explore practical tips to help you navigate workplace stress like a pro.


Spotting the Stress Signals

First things first - let's talk about the red flags. Whether you're drowning in deadlines or experiencing more mood swings than a rollercoaster, recognising the signs of stress is crucial. Stress manifests itself in many ways, you may feel anxious or depressed, or you can feel angry and irritable. Stress has a physical impact too, you may feel tired, short on breath or have a headache. Awareness empowers you to take action and tackle stress head-on.


Talk it Out

Communication is key in managing stress. Don't hesitate to share how you're feeling with your colleagues, manager, or even a friend. Chances are, they've been there too and can offer valuable support and tools to help. Asking for help can be tough, but reaching out for support is a sign of strength. It is also important to remember that workplace stress can come from excessive workload - talk to your manager if you feel you are being asked to do too much.


Treat Yourself

Self-care isn't selfish; it's essential. Dedicate time each day to do something that nourishes your mind, body, or soul. Whether it's treating yourself to a fancy coffee, immersing yourself in nature, or indulging in a luxurious bubble bath fit for royalty, prioritise yourself because you deserve it! Rewarding yourself is a great way to build up your morale.


Work Hard, Play Harder

Ensure you carve out time for activities that bring you joy outside of work. Whether it's hitting the gym, indulging in your favourite Netflix series, or spending quality time with loved ones, remember: you can't pour from an empty cup! Engaging in enjoyable activities outside of work can significantly reduce stress levels and help you recharge.


Build Resilience

We're all capable of overcoming challenges and emerging stronger. Cultivate resilience by focusing on what you can control, setting realistic goals, and practicing gratitude. Treat yourself with the empathy and understanding that you treat others (a lot of us forget to do this). Remember, you needn't aim for perfection at all times. It's possible that you're overly critical of your own work. Instead, acknowledge your limitations and strive to treat yourself with kindness.


Let's use Stress Awareness Month as a reminder to prioritise our well-being and support each other in creating happier, healthier work environments. We've got this!

 

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