How to deal with work related stress

Some work-related stress is often not uncommon in our day-to-day lives.  In many instances it can help to motivate us to succeed.  However there are times when stress can go beyond being a motivational boost and begin to interfere with our productivity and performance, even our health.  In these instances, there are steps we can take to help reduce the pressure and feel in control again.

Talk to your manager

  • If you’re feeling under pressure due to deadlines or unexpected setbacks, it’s important to be upfront and honest with your manager.  A proactive discussion with your manager about your responsibilities can be a very valuable experience.

Connect with colleagues

  • having a colleague at work to talk to can be a great stress reliever.  Instead of spending your lunch break alone, or on your phone, ask a colleague to join you for a walk outdoors.  Fresh air and a friendly chat can help with easing tensions.

Make a list

  • as simple as it sounds, writing down everything you’re trying to juggle and prioritise in your mind can lift a burden.  Once you have your list, number the tasks in relation of importance and work through them accordingly, crossing off each as accomplished.  It may even help to divide each task into steps.

Make sure you’re well rested

  • going to sleep and waking up at the same time each morning helps to encourage your mind and body into a routine, which should make it easier to go to sleep and wake up.
  • although the recommended aim is for 8 hours of sleep a night, don’t worry if you’ve had a troubled night sleep.  Often, even when we are struggling to sleep, we do get at least a couple or more hours of quality sleep.  Focus on those hours, as opposed to the ones you were awake.
  • for further information visit Top Tips for a Restful Night’s Sleep

Take care of yourself

  • even small amounts of exercise have proven to have a positive effect on increasing energy levels and focus.  For some great tips on how to be more active in the workplace click here.
  • maintaining a balanced blood sugar level can help towards avoiding lethargic periods and mid-morning/afternoon slumps.  Fruit is a great alternative to processed sugar, as it releases the sugar more slowly and consistently into your bloodstream. 

Further reading and resources:

Stress Management | Help Guide

Beat Stress at Work | NHS