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5 ways to manage workplace stress

5 ways to manage workplace stress

Workplaces can sometimes feel like pressure cookers. When deadlines, meetings, and responsibilities are all piling up, a lot of employees end up feeling overwhelmed with stress. At Ardent Safety, alongside more practical safety training, we’re also keen to help workers and employers manage workplace stress. In this blog we’ve gathered some tips for you to try – so you can get workplace stress under control and concentrate on making your mental health a priority.

Take regular breaks: Managing workplace stress starts with taking care of yourself. You could try taking regular breaks during the day when you’re at work. Even a short walk around the office or a few minutes of stretching can really improve your focus, help your tension lift and clear your mind. Remember to step away from your desk once an hour to give yourself the chance to recharge – it can really help you come back to face your tasks with renewed energy. Why not try setting a timer on your phone each hour to remind yourself.

Prioritise and delegate tasks: A common trigger of workplace stress is feeling overwhelmed by your workload. If you notice this happening – take a step back and try writing a list of tasks to prioritise. Split the tasks into urgent, medium and low priority and tackle the most urgent first. It can be difficult, but don’t be afraid to speak up if you’re struggling. Delegating tasks to colleagues in your team can lighten the load if you have too much on your plate and really help manage workplace stress.

Communicate with your manager: It’s so important to speak to your manager if you find stress overwhelming you at work. It’s your manager’s job to offer you support, provide resources, or adjust your workload to help lift your feelings of stress. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it – remember your manager wants you to succeed and thrive in your role at work.

Practice stress-relief techniques: Incorporating stress-relief techniques into your daily routine can really help. Give deep breathing, meditation, or progressive muscle relaxation a try to help calm your mind and body. Even trying these techniques for a few minutes each day can make a real difference. You could also go for a walk during your lunch break if possible, to get away from the office and get some fresh air.

Foster a supportive work environment: It’s not just about employees, employers do also play a really important part in managing workplace stress. Creating a supportive work environment where employees feel valued, respected, and heard can significantly reduce stress levels. Encourage open communication, provide opportunities for professional development, and promote work-life balance for your staff. Businesses or organisations could also look into implementing employee wellness programs or initiatives to support mental and physical wellbeing in the workplace.

Managing workplace stress is essential for both employees and employers alike. Simple steps can create a healthier, happier workplace for everyone. Remember, stress is a natural part of work life, but it doesn’t have to overwhelm you. Take control of your stress levels and don’t neglect your wellbeing – it’s all you’ve got!

Want to read more – have a look at some of our other workplace blogs. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more tips and insights.

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