To mark National Stress Awareness Day, organisations across the UK will be looking to understand and manage stress. This year’s theme is Employee Wellbeing, an important subject as 1 in 6 British employees are affected by anxiety, depression and stress each year.
Stressed employees take more time off and are less productive. It makes sense for businesses to help their employees manage stress.
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The mental health charity Mind has published some tips to help manage workplace stress:
- Keep an eye on your work-life balance
It can pay off to focus on other parts of your life – spending a little time on your friends or your family, nurturing hobbies or playing with pets.
- Make the most of your lunch break
How you spend your lunch break might help break up the day and improve your wellbeing, such as having a picnic or holding a group activity.
- Use the five Ways to Wellbeing
These consist of five simple steps http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/improve-mental-wellbeing.aspx to improve how you feel, and can be applied in many ways – including to improve how you feel at work.
- Build a network of support
Ensure you have a strong support structure in place. This may mean talking to colleagues and people in authority, as well as friends away from your workplace. You may also find it useful to talk through what you are experiencing with a trained counsellor, or to call a helpline.
- Use relaxation techniques
Take time to relax and de-stress yourself, whether during the work-day, on lunchbreak, or when you get home. There are a number of ways to relax, and only you will know what works for you.
- Be assertive and realistic
Learning to say no when you need to can be a valuable tool – take care that your expectations of yourself are realistic, and accept you will make mistakes sometimes, as well as looking at whether or not the work that is expected of your is realistic and achievable.
- Ask for help when you need it
Reaching out to your supervisor or HR department can make a real difference, whether asking for support with a project or for some reasonable allowances to be made for a mental health or physical condition. It can also be useful at times to ask for help from friends and family, a doctor or counsellor, talk about how you’re feeling and ask for support.
Are you deaf and stress is affecting your life? Do you think talking to someone would help you? Please ask your doctor to refer you to our deaf therapy service, BSL Healthy Minds.
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