Ten Top Tips For Managing Workplace Stress

Workplace stress

No self-respecting blog is complete without a Ten Top Tips list – and this is ours. Ten Top Tips for managing workplace stress.

1. Focus on the things you can change or influence
The only thing in life that you can directly control is yourself and your decisions. Focus your valuable energy on the things you can change. You might not be able to change the situation you are in, but you can change the way that you respond to it.

2. Learn to let go
We all hold onto things, whether it is possessions, bad habits, relationships or past mistakes. We revisit these things in our head again and again; we don’t need to. We can let go, allowing our feelings of frustration and regret to float away and acceptance and peace to take their place.

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10 Foods To Make You Happy

Food can affect our mood in different ways. It can increase our levels of feel-good brain chemicals, it can cause fluctuations in our blood sugar levels and it can create adverse reactions to the artificial additives used in processed food.

Eating a healthy and balanced diet is an essential component to maintaining good mental health, below we have listed 10 foods that have been proven to help boost your levels of happiness:

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Brexit and Workplace Mental Health

As we enter this new and unknown post-Brexit landscape, now is the time more then ever for employers to invest in their staff’s mental wellbeing.

The last few weeks have created a seismic shift in British politics, leading to political uncertainty and tension, which for many people have led to personal concerns about financial and job security.

And it isn’t just this shifting landscape that has caused tension in the workplace; the tension was evident even before the result of the referendum was known. You could feel it on social media: friends taking different sides and arguing and persuading from different perspectives. Take that hostility and mix it up with us being hurled into the unknown with what feels like a total absence of leadership, vision or even a plan and you can see how this can impact on our wellbeing and our workplace relationships.

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Tried and Tested Breathing and Muscle Relaxation Techniques

There are numerous techniques that can help you to become better at relaxing. Let’s begin with 3 of the tried and tested breathing and muscle relaxation techniques. All these techniques will become easier the more you practice them.

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Deep Breathing
The first time you try this technique try it lying down. Find somewhere quiet and safe where you can lie down and relax. Close your eyes and place your hands on your belly and practice slowly breathing in through your nose and slowly breathing out through your mouth. You should feel your belly rise and fall as you breathe. Many of us breathe much more shallowly so the movement we feel is at the top of our chest. With this technique we are learning to slowly fill our whole lungs. When you are comfortable with this technique you can then practice it sitting down or standing up. Whichever is most comfortable for you.

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Five Top Tips For Protecting Yourself From Workplace Stress

Over 20% of us describe our jobs as very or extremely stressful. Workplace stress isn’t just about us and the way that we think and the way that we respond to things, it is often about our environment, our relationships and the demands that are being made of us. The Health and Safety Executive have identified six key areas that if not managed properly can lead to poor health and wellbeing, lower productivity and increased sickness absence. At WorkGuru we recognise the importance of our working environments. None of us can flourish in a toxic environment. We also recognise that often the one thing that we have any direct control over is ourselves, and how we respond to things. So with this in mind, here are our top tips for protecting yourself from workplace stress:

1. Learn to let go

balloonLearning to let go is about identifying the things that we can directly control or influence, and learning to let go of the things that we can’t. Holding on to injustices, anger and negativity really does only hurt ourselves and the people that we care about. We have a choice; we can choose to ruminate and ponder or we choose to let go and focus our energy on the positive things in our life.

2.  Have a balanced life

jugglerResilient people, the people most able to bounce back from life’s adversities are people who have a balanced life. Work is important, but so are family, friends, hobbies and interests. Spending time thinking about what a balanced life would look like for you, and spending time nurturing those relationships, and enjoying those interests will help you to be more resilient to stress.

3.  Look after your physical health

yogaLooking after your mental health goes hand in hand with looking after your physical health. Exercising, spending time outdoors, eating well, making time for sleep, are all things that help us maintain our energy and protect us from stress.

 

4.  Think positively 

okThinking positively isn’t about ignoring the difficult things in your life, but it is about finding joy and gratitude within those difficulties. All of us can get into negative thinking habits; learning to be grateful and seeing the positives helps us to boost our levels of happiness and protects us from workplace stress.

5.  Increase your self awareness

lookinmirrorWe are all different. We all have different stress triggers and we all respond to stress differently. Understanding yourself, your values (the things that are important to you), the things that trigger your stress, and what the physical, emotional and behavioural signs of stress are for you, will help you to spot the signs of stress early, and do something about it.

 

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Do something every day that helps you to protect yourself from workplace stress.