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#StressAwarenessDay - 5 ways to effectively deal with workplace stress in 2018


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To coincide with #StressAwarenessDay, we are going to provide you with 5 ways to help combat workplace stress most effectively.

1.    Take care of your physical health

A poor or unbalanced diet can be a contributing factor to your mood, making you more susceptible to stress. Sticking to a balanced, healthy diet can improve your mood and self-esteem, both in the short and long-term. Combining this with an exercise regime that slots in nicely with your daily schedule without disrupting your work-life balance too much, can make you feel invigorated and ready to take on the day, rather than dreading it. Furthermore, the gym can be a great place to set goals and achieve them, making you feel more positive about the working environment.

2.    Working from home

If your employer offers flexible working hours or allows you to work from home from time-to-time, then this may be a great way to balance your time properly in and out of the workplace, reducing stress levels. However, do be sure to utilise this policy with care as contact time is still important to build relationships with colleagues and to be kept informed throughout the day.

3.    Know your limits

There are a number of stress triggers that you can identify and keep a journal of in order to avoid stressful situations in the future, if at all possible. Secondly, communication is key – by making your Manager and/or colleagues aware of your workload in a subtle and polite manner can encourage them to be more understanding and give you a helping hand. Thirdly, whether it's heading to the kitchen to grab a cup of tea or taking a short walk during your lunch break, these small breaks can be beneficial to helping you balance tasks. Balancing your day is important - take time to take your mind off the task as going back with fresh eyes and resumed motivation can help get it done quicker.

4.    Internal politics

If conflicts do occur between yourself and another employee, then it is of paramount importance that you keep things professional. Conflicts with other workers can cause you and the colleague a great deal of stress. The solution is never simple, and conflicts can be difficult to deal with causing upset, however hard it is remaining professional is more important and you must put aside your differences. If the issue you have with this colleague is a recurring one, it may be prudent to speak to your Manager or a member of the HR team on advice with how to deal with the issue.

5.    If your workplace offers a mental wellbeing programme, then make use of it

Society as a whole is becoming more aware of mental health issues and in particular, the stress that you can come under. Modern workplaces are at the forefront of this as many now offer a mental wellbeing programme to support you. It is estimated that 1 in 4 working people will experience mental health issues at some point during their career and stress is often a common issue. Therefore, more employers are providing you with the required support.

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