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Dealing With Stress in the Workplace

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Dealing With Stress in the Workplace

No matter where you work, you’re likely to feel stressed at one time or another. Being stressed at work can be difficult to deal with if you are unprepared for doing so, which can cause your stress levels to increase. If you are stressed at work, you don’t just have to sit there, go about your day and wait for the stress to dissipate – there’s plenty you can do to help reduce your levels of stress, and we’re going to take a look at some of the most effective methods.

Common causes of stress at work

  • Increased workload/overtime
  • Concern about job security
  • Excessive pressure
  • Lack of job satisfaction

Signs you might be stressed

  • Loss of interest in work
  • Sleeping issues
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety, irritability or depression
  • Muscle tension or headaches
  • Social withdrawal

How to cope with stress

Talking

If you feel stressed, one of the most effective methods of dealing with it is talking to somebody. Whether you talk to your friends, family members or co-workers, simply expressing how you are feeling can help. Those you confide in might have helpful advice for you, or the simple act of talking may serve as a cathartic outlet for you.

Exercise

Aerobic activity is extremely effective in improving our moods and our mental state. It raises your heart rate, it can help reduce stress. It is said that 30 minutes of exercise is the ideal amount for stress relief.

Smart eating

What you eat during the day will directly impact your energy levels and thus your mood. For example, if you eat a lunch that’s high in sugar or refined carbohydrates, it may give you a temporary energy boost, but soon after, you’ll experience lethargy and tiredness, which can increase stress levels. Aim for moderately-sized, healthy meals for lunch and healthy snacks to eat occasionally throughout the day. Caffeine and trans fats are ingredients to avoid overindulging on.

Sensible sleeping

The quality of your sleep will directly affect the quality of your day. This, obviously, includes sleeping for a sensible amount of time, with 8 hours being the suggested optimum, but the quality of the sleep itself is key. Turn off all screens an hour before bedtime, try and relax in the time immediately approaching bedtime, too, as stressful activities such as catching up on work just before you go to sleep can prevent you from sleeping well.

Eliminating or reducing stress at work can not only make your job more enjoyable and fulfilling, but it can also help you perform better, which can have a positive effect on your mental health as well.

Health and Safety Training Ltd are the North East’s leading provider of health and safety and training courses of varying types. From forklift operation to excavator training, we provide our candidates with the support and tutoring needed to allow them to obtain qualifications to take into the world of work. For more information, please get in touch with us today.

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