Welcome the second part of our ‘Understanding work-related stress and how to manage it’ segment. Following on from yesterday’s focus on the causes of work-related stress, today we turn to managing the stress and overcoming it. During this part we’ll provide you with some quick tips you can implement from the moment you finish this article.
Managing work-related stress
When dealing with work related stress, you may feel overwhelmed and as with a lot of our negative emotions, it may often feel as if you’ll never be able to overcome them… but you can! This is where things like positive psychology and resilience come in to play:
A new form of psychology, Positive Psychology is a technique used to discover what makes life worth living and harnesses those traits to encourage a more positive way of thinking that can reflect your work and personal life.
What’s great about Positive Psychology is it helps and encourages you to re-educate your brains by questioning the ‘reality’ you’ve created for yourself and re-frame events. Simply put, when something happens, instead of responding with an unconscious reaction, we can query that stimulus, take a more balanced view and make a conscious choice to respond more constructively, whatever the situation.
Often described as ‘grit’, ‘perseverance’ or ‘mental toughness’ by some, ‘resilience’ is the capacity to respond effectively to pressure and ‘bounce back’ from difficult situations. The more resilient you become, the quicker you bounce back.
Many things contribute to our ability to be resilient, from our well-being, to our psychological make-up and our social lives, and it’s important to have a healthy balance of the above mixed with strong working relationships that will allow us to build mental strength, confidence and self-value.
Quick tips for overcoming work-related stress
As we leave you with some food for thought, it’s worth considering these additional quick tips to help you and your team overcome your work-related stress.
- Try avoiding caffeine, alcohol and smoking. The chemicals in these products often contribute directly to stress and anxiety.
- Get good levels of rest. The minimum amount of sleep required is 6 hours. Don’t miss out on them, they can be the difference between feeling drained or fresh.
- Take regular breaks. By taking breaks away from your desk, you’re allowing yourself thinking and reflection time.
- Plan and prepare. Understand that tracking big projects sooner rather than later, will allow you time for planning and implementation. It also gives you the ability to be agile, should any unforeseen tasks fall on your desk.
- Learn to say ‘no’. Understand your workload and capabilities. But turn that ‘no’ into a positive by offering to help find a solution – this works two-fold by helping you manage your workload whilst also building relationships with your colleagues as you help them find a solution to their problem.
- Exercise. We know that exercise releases endorphin’s that create positive thought and feeling, so exercise where you can. Perhaps a morning jog or riding into work? It’ll help you a lot.
Need more help with managing your stress levels? Why not also try downloading our distress dice – a fun little tool to help you beat that work-related-stress: