The cost of stress in the workplace reportedly costs the UK economy a massive £56 billion a year, but what does that mean to your business? In real terms the value…
When we become aware of feeling stress we need a tool kit, our go-to of strategies and resources to help us manage, improve and escape stress.
There are lots of different techniques out there and some will require more effort than others. Today we are focusing on some easy and actionable tips to help you manage stressful situations, to ease the symptoms of stress and feel calmer and happier in the workplace.
Smile – The action of smiling triggers the release of tiny molecules called neuropeptides to help the body manage stress. Followed by other neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and endorphins which suppress the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone in the body.
Not only will it make you feel better it also creates positive energy around you.
Breathe – Focus on taking a few deep breaths. Breathe in through the nose and blow out, very gently through the mouth. Keep blowing until all your breath is expelled from your lungs. Your second and third breath should be much deeper and easier. On your third breath out, visualise your anxiety and tension leaving your body. Do this a few times until you feel more relaxed.
Take a Break– Take time away from situations that cause you stress and anxiety, this could be in the workplace or at home. It will allow you a little time to calm down and review the situation; enabling you to consider changes that might help make the situations easier to cope with.
Share – If you are having a bad day, don’t keep it to yourself. The relief that can come from talking about your feelings can be therapeutic and liberating; helping to lift the weight from your shoulders and see things in a different way.
Don’t be too hard on yourself – Nobody is perfect. Nobody. Too often we put unnecessary pressure on ourselves to meet unrealistic goals. When you realise it’s ok to get things wrong; to not meet unrealistic goals; to care less about what other people think, you’ll be surprised to find that it can have a significant and positive effect on your mental health.
For more information about how to identify stressful behaviours in the workplace check out our article If you would like help to identify the signs of stress in the workplace visit our article ‘Spot The Signs of Stress in the Workplace’
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