10 ways to combat workplace stress

1. Admit it

You’re not weak, you’re not bad at your job - you’re only human. If you’re feeling under too much pressure at work don’t just ignore your feelings and plough on. Admit them and do something about them. It’s the only way things can get better.

2. Talk about it

It’s your employer’s legal duty to help you if you’re stressed at work. Talk to a senior staff member if stress is impacting your health, happiness, or productivity at work. Help takes many forms - the solution might be simpler than you think.

3. Identify causes

Take some time out to think about the source of your stress. Workload? Tension? Unrealistic expectations? Something personal? Sometimes it takes a while to pinpoint the causes because we get used to feeling the way we do. Once you know, you can work out what you need to do to change things.

4. Slow down

You can’t do everything at once. You can’t always be the best. Slow down and focus on what you are doing now. You can’t meet deadlines by panicking about them. Do what you can!

5. Remember your life

Work isn’t everything. It’s important but it shouldn’t define you and it certainly shouldn’t make you ill. Remember the other things in your life - your family, the hobbies you love, your friends, your interests. Make time for these things, they’ll be there when work isn’t.

6. Exercise

It’s hard but if you are physically able to, you just have to do it. Ignore your tiredness - get up for a walk, a jog, an exercise class, or just dance around your living room. Move your body and get those happy hormones pumping. Exercise is nature’s greatest anti-depressant.

7. Take a breather

Get up from your desk. Walk to the window, go outside for a bit, do some stretches. Don’t feel you need to be rooted to your computer all day to show you’re a ‘hard worker’. Your brain can only concentrate for so long.

8. Book some holiday

Make the most of your annual leave. Set aside time to go somewhere new with people who matter to you, or take time out to recharge at home. It won’t necessarily solve your problems, but removing yourself from a situation can help you see your problems from a new perspective.

9. Be nice to yourself

It sounds strange but often it’s us putting pressure on ourselves to look a certain way, be a certain type of person, achieve certain things. If there’s an inner voice that criticises everything you do, learn to silence it. Make an effort to say nice things to yourself.

10. Know you’re not alone

Things can start to feel very lonely when you’re stressed. You might feel like you’re the only one holding things up and that if you break, everything will crumble. Remember that you’re not really alone. Help is out there - you only need to ask for it.

Train staff to recognise and manage stress symptoms in the workplace with FeelRite stress awareness e-learning.