Feeling stressed at work? You’re not alone. There were around 488,000 cases of work related stress, depression and anxiety in Britain over the 2015/16 business year. While it may seem like an unavoidable part of the job, you don’t have to let workplace stress get the better of you.
There are a few things you can do to avoid and relieve some of the day to day stresses. Read on for our quick and easy guide to reducing workplace stress.
What’s causing the stress?
As with all stress, it helps if you can determine what’s causing stress in the workplace. According to the Labour Force Survey, some of the most common reasons for workplace stress were high workloads, tight deadlines, excessive responsibility and a lack of support from management.
A good way to pinpoint the source of stress is by making a journal. Note down your daily activities and how they made you feel, including who was involved and what you had to do. Consider your response to these situations too. With this technique, you will soon be able to put your finger on what’s causing stress or anxiety.
Responding to stress
Once you’ve found what’s causing your stress, it’s important to find healthy ways of responding:
If workload and responsibility is a problem, it can often be overcome simply by organising. Make lists of your responsibilities, tasks and deadlines with realistic time set aside for each job. If this simply doesn’t add up, then it’s time to look for support.
Some causes of stress are out of your control. If you’ve been given too much work or too many responsibilities, it’s up to your manager to reorganise the workload. But they aren’t mind readers. Speak to them and let them know politely that you have too much on your plate. A good manager will deal with this without any problems.
3. Dealing with bad relationships
A bad relationship can cause a lot of stress at work, simply because it makes you uncomfortable and unhappy. This leads to poor productivity and is often at the root of workload problems. If it’s a small issue that you’re comfortable talking about, it’s worth trying to resolve it with the people themselves. However, if it’s something more serious, such as bullying, consider speaking to your manager. It’s in their interest to create a happy, productive working environment, so they should be keen to resolve any issues.
4. Outside of work
As well as your responses in work, it helps to look at your response to stress more broadly. People often respond to feelings of anxiety by eating junk food, drinking alcohol or simply worrying, but this will only make the situation worse.
Make sure your free time is both healthy and enjoyable. Exercise is great for relieving stress while hobbies and time with family or friends is ideal for taking your mind away from it. These changes will also improve your sleep pattern, which is another essential stress-buster.
If self-techniques aren’t working for you, don’t worry. There are lots of other options, as discussed further by the NHS.
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