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Stress Awareness Month: Navigating Stress in the Workplace

As April marks Stress Awareness Month, it’s a timely opportunity […]

Stress Awareness Month: Navigating Stress in the Workplace

As April marks Stress Awareness Month, it’s a timely opportunity to shed light on the impact of stress in both our personal and professional lives. Here at BeReady, we understand the critical importance of addressing stress head-on, especially in the workplace.

Understanding Stress

You may be experiencing stress as your body’s natural response to feeling pressured or threatened. It’s that uneasy sensation that creeps in when you’re faced with situations that seem beyond your control. From looming deadlines to uncertain circumstances, stress can manifest in various forms, impacting both your physical and mental wellbeing. Even positive events, like work promotions or going on a holiday, can cause stress.

Signs and Symptoms of Stress

If stress has been knocking at your door, you might notice a range of signs and symptoms creeping in. It could be feelings of sadness, anxiety, or frustration clouding your thoughts. Physically, you might find yourself experiencing headaches, sleep disturbances, or an overall sense of unease. Recognising these signals is the first step towards effective management.

Work-Related Stress

In the workplace, stress can manifest in numerous ways. You might find yourself struggling with an excessive workload, uncertainty about your responsibilities, or interpersonal tensions. This work-related stress doesn’t just stay within office walls; it can permeate into other areas of your life, impacting your self-confidence, emotional health, and overall effectiveness.

Managing Stress

So, how can you navigate the labyrinth of stress? Start by taking stock of what triggers your stress and focusing on areas within your control.

Partaking in activities that uplift your spirits, incorporating relaxation practices into your routine, and reaching out to your support network can provide comfort during challenging times. Strengthening your resilience by honing problem-solving abilities, establishing healthy boundaries, and making self-care a priority are vital components of your stress management arsenal.

Identify your stressors

Take a moment to think about what’s really stressing you out. Is it that never-ending to-do list, or perhaps the loud chewing of your colleague sitting next to you?

The moment you feel stressed you can feel your heart beat faster, your muscles tense up and maybe your breathing changes. Try to take long, slow and deep breaths. Concentrate on your belly expanding and filling with air and then returning to normal as you breathe out. This will help you slow your heart rate back and can feel calming. This can also help you calm down before an interview or a meeting.

Talk to someone

Remember, you’re not alone in this. Reach out to your trusted listener – whether it’s your best friend, your mother, or your colleague who you share your frustrations with.

Build your resilience

You probably don’t even realise this, but you are successfully managing challenges in many areas of your life both big and small already. Sharpen your problem-solving skills, set some boundaries to protect your sanity, and don’t forget to treat yourself along the way.

Plan your day

Taking charge of your day starts with setting realistic goals and making time for yourself. Most of us have a never-ending list of tasks that seem to multiply by the hour. Rather than letting tasks pile up haphazardly, consider creating a structured plan. Start by writing down a list of tasks for the day, prioritising them based on urgency and importance. Next, allocate specific time slots in your calendar for each task, ensuring you have a clear roadmap for the day ahead. Break them down into smaller, more manageable chunks, setting achievable targets for yourself.

Celebrate your progress along the way, no matter how small the victories may seem. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when faced with a mountain of tasks. If you’re already stretched thin, don’t hesitate to decline additional responsibilities. Instead, consider delegating tasks to colleagues, negotiating deadlines, or simply saying no when necessary. Remember to include breaks in your day to recharge and reset. Step away from your desk, go for a stroll, or treat yourself to a cup of coffee. Taking regular breaks not only boosts productivity but also helps prevent burnout and improves overall wellbeing.

Set your boundaries

Navigating the balance between work and personal life can be quite the juggling act. It’s often challenging to unwind after a hard day, a struggle exacerbated for those working remotely. Try leaving work worries behind and fully disconnect during your downtime. Setting boundaries, like customising a “do not disturb” feature on your phone for work-related notifications, can help preserve your mental wellbeing. And resist the urge to dive into emails first thing in the morning; give yourself a moment to ease into the day stress-free.

Keep active

Staying active is vital for managing stress. While it may seem daunting to fit exercise into your busy schedule, it’s worth the effort. When stress hits, we often neglect physical activity, but exercise releases endorphins and serotonin – the feel-good chemicals – lifting our mood and combating stress. Whether it’s setting a new fitness goal or finding solace in a workout class, prioritise activities that make you feel good. Remember, you can’t always control external stressors, but you can control how you respond to them. For inspiration, check out our previous blog for ideas on finding your peace.

If workplace stress feels overwhelming, our fully funded Wellbeing Champion Programme is here to provide a solution. By becoming a Wellbeing Champion, you’ll set out on a path of personal and professional growth, equipped with the tools to support your colleagues’ wellbeing, and foster a positive workplace culture. It’s an opportunity to lead positive change within your organisation while nurturing your own resilience along the way.

Key Benefits:

Personal Growth

Support your colleagues’ wellbeing while growing personally and using your skills in everyday life.

Professional Impact

Influence a positive culture within your workplace by being a positive force for change leaving a lasting positive impact within your organisation.

Resilience Building

Develop skills to navigate stress and challenges effectively. Gain tools to support colleagues in overcoming diverse challenges.

Lead Change

Lead the way in promoting a culture of wellbeing within your organisation. Change and foster a supportive environment.

If you would like to become Wellbeing Champion for your organisation, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or with any questions you might have.


(Source: Mind, 2024 & Mental Health Foundation, 2023)



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