How to Cope During Stressful Periods at Work

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Health Assured team

13 December 2017

  Stress can be a by-product of any work environment and regardless of your role, every job is sure to have periods that are harder than others. With looming deadlines, breakdowns in communication or mounting tasks occurring frequently at work, the pressure can mount up and feel overwhelming. During these periods it’s important to take care of yourself both physically and mentally, to ensure that you remain happy and healthy, even during the toughest times. It can be hard to think about your own wellbeing during times when your mind is focused solely on work, but it is essential to put some time aside to look after yourself, as this will help you be more productive in the long-term. Therefore, we have put together a list of simple tips which can help you to cope better with work-related stress throughout difficult periods:

Leave work at work

stressed at work   One of the most important steps you can take to reduce your workplace stress, and look after your mental health, is to try to leave work at work. Ensuring that you have time to wind down after your working hours will give you time to relax after a difficult day, and give you time to recharge before the next one. This ensures you have time to complete essential activities such as eating and getting a good amount of sleep as well as activities you enjoy such as sports or reading a book. Bringing work home and worrying about it there will prevent you from seeing your house as a relaxing zone and can cause anxiety. This can play a role in making you feel increasingly stressed, and can affect your ability to sleep and concentrate throughout the day. A good work/life balance will stop stress building and improve your overall happiness.

Don’t load unnecessary stress on yourself

One thing to avoid when facing stressful times at work, is taking on difficult activities in your personal life. While there may be tasks to do at home, starting a new renovation project on your house is the last thing you need if you are already under a lot of pressure. Keeping personal projects to a minimum during this period, will allow you time to relax when work is over and reduce the risk of becoming overworked.

Suggest an EAP Service to your boss

workplace stress It is important that you feel open and comfortable talking about mental health in the workplace, and this includes asking for help if necessary. An EAP service will give you a safe place to talk about any problems you may be having, whether that’s inside or outside of work, and will have the added benefit of also supporting your colleagues if they need it. This can help to boost yours and your colleagues’ wellbeing  in the office. Happy and healthy co-workers can help to build a more positive workplace environment and ensure that you and your colleagues feel able to work to your full potential. If you are interested in finding out more about what services are available to support you, or need some more information to give to your management team, then feel free to contact us, as we are always happy to help.  

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