Tips for managing stress in the workplace

by | Oct 28, 2020 | News

We all know what it feels like to feel a bit stressed and it’s normal to feel under pressure at time but it’s important to reduce stress factors where possible and manage our stress levels. Becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems or even lead to physical illnesses. This year National Stress Awareness Day falls on Wednesday 4th November 2020, plus the global pandemic we are currently facing can be stress-inducing in itself, so we thought we’d put together 3 tips on how you can manage stress in the workplace!

Exercising well

Not only is exercise great for your overall health, but it is also directly linked to decreasing stress levels. This is because it can help increase the production of ‘feel-‘good’ chemicals, better-known as endorphins. Here are a few ideas on how to incorporate exercise into your working day:

  • Taking a brisk 10-minute walk on your lunch break
  • Taking the stairs
  • Biking to work
  • Parking further away

Just introducing one or more of these things into your daily work routine will hopefully act as a bit of a stress reliever!

Breaking bad habits

A lot of the times stress can be made worse by habits that have been built up over a long period of time. For example, something as trivial as having a messy desk at work may be adding to the stress. Whether you’re working from home or in the office, take the time to declutter and organise both your workspace and your desktop files so that you know where everything is. A few other examples of bad habits that you can try and break are negative thinking, being late to work, perfectionism, and trying to control every outcome. Some of these are easier to fix than others, but even recognising that you are exhibiting these behaviours can be a huge step in the right direction!

Planning ahead

Being proactive and finding a task management system that works for you is also a great way of keeping on top of your work and feeling less stressed.

At Spire HR we can take a lot of the workplace stresses away by helping with Employment Law, advice, support, sample documentation, payroll, disciplinaries, contracts, and more. For more information, advice, or support please feel free to get in touch with one of our HR professionals who will be happy to help:

Tel: 01925 626253


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