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5 Ways to Manage Stress at Work

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Workplace stress is a common response to the regular demands of your job. It is when this stress is excessive and begins to negatively impact everyday living that it can become a serious concern. It is thus vital to try to manage the stress you experience before it reaches this point. 

 So, here are five ways to better manage stress at work: 

1. Try to identify where the stress may be stemming from and make adjustments. Ask yourself whether your stress is solely work-related or if there are other aspects of your life enhancing this stress. Then ask yourself if any of these stressors are within your control to eliminate or decrease. Small changes can often make a big difference. 

 2. Practice self-care strategies if you are feeling overwhelmed. Get to know yourself and what works for you - everyone is different. You may notice that deep breathing before a difficult task will help to calm you down. Or you may find relaxation in taking a walk on your lunch break instead of eating at your work-site. Or you may practice mindfulness meditation after a long day at work to reduce negative thoughts. 

 3. Take care of your physical health as this will have a secondary benefit to your mental wellbeing. Participating in exercise and getting enough sleep can greatly assist in improving your mental state. Exercise has been shown to have anti-anxiety effects and getting between 7-8 hours of sleep a day can help your mind to relax and recharge. 

 4. Speak to your employer. Have an open conversation with your employer so that a plan of action can be established. This could range from adjusting your workload, to working on your time-management skills, to setting short-term goals together, or discussing the utilisation of mental health resources such as your employee assistance program. 

 5. Utilise the support you do have and seek any additional support when necessary. Friends and family can help you through times where stress may seem overwhelming. It is also important to recognise when you need additional support from health practitioners – your GP can guide you in the right direction.

-- Gianna Manzini is a Consultant Psychologist (Prov.) at Actevate Pty Ltd

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