Managing Workplace Stress - Tips and Tricks

Stress. It is a normal part of everyday life, and something that our body is designed to handle. In fact, we have an inbuilt “fight or flight response”, which sees our body adopt various physiological processes in order for us to handle the stressors we may experience. For our ancestors, this may have involved evading predators or seeking out other survival methods, but for us, the modern day folk, stress can be much more hidden in our daily lives. Stress can often be beneficial, particularly in the workplace, allowing us to be energised to produce effective solutions and meet deadlines. There are many situations and stressors that can produce negative impacts, however, particularly if we

Managing Workplace Stress - Finding An Outlet for Your Energy

Exercise When our bodies feel stressed, adrenaline is released due to the “fight and flight response” and this must be utilised. The physiological stress response is activated by any kind of demand, whether or not it requires physical activity. If our physiological “fight or flight” response is not "worked off" or otherwise managed, in time it can negatively impact us. For most of us though, when we are feeling stressed at work, we still continue to sit sedentary at our desk or work station completing our tasks. One of the simplest and most ​obvious ways to find an outlet for the energy created by stress is to get your body moving. Exercise is not only a proactive way to manage the build

Managing Workplace Stress - Improving the Potential Mitigating Factors

Many elements of our day-to-day lives can influence our ability to handle the stressors of the workplace. The Food and Stress Relationship The relationship between the food we eat and the stress we experience is quite a substantial one. We don’t always consider that when we are stressed, the food that we put into our mouths can have a substantial effect on our mood, and our ability to deal with the stressor continually. Small, regular meals throughout the day. It is important to have small, regular meals throughout the day to maintain blood sugar levels. When we are very busy or under stress it can be easy to forget to eat regularly throughout the day – however it is vital as this will sus

Managing Workplace Stress - Establishing a Support Network

We have always been told the importance of ensuring we have a good support network in place. Research has actually backed this up, with evidence that social support reduces the strains experienced by work stress. Talking it out Whether it is talking about the stressors you are under with a colleague, friend, family member or trusted advisor, this can help to voice the tensions you are experiencing, which you may have otherwise bottled up. This can allow for you to feel like you are being supported, whilst also potentially providing a “clean set of eyes” to provide other perspectives and strategies. Some people feel that they can’t talk to their superior, but most bosses would like to know

Managing Workplace Stress - Adopting a Problem Solving Approach

Identify Controllable Versus Uncontrollable Stressors If you are feeling under stress at work, it may be beneficial to problem solve through controllable versus uncontrollable stressors. Write a list of stressors that you can control and those that you can’t actively control or change. For those that can be changed or controlled, make an action plan on how you will work to manage this. A lot of us are goal focused, and adopting a plan of action will help us to feel more in control of the situation or stressor. For those stressors that you may not have any control over, strategies will need to be implemented to manage both the reaction to this, as well as your perspective. For example, if

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