How are you coping? Work Stress Management Tips from Fresh Mind Therapy
‘I’m fine. No really…I’m fine!’
Respond to stress signals early and reduce the strain
Here in London, many of us assume that stress is a daily given and have difficulty recognising it until it makes us physically ill. Many of us may even feel guilty about being stressed and think that we should be able to handle anything that comes our way, regardless of what it is. Have a look these typical stress symptoms and see if they resonate. If they do- it’s time to respond to your stress!
- On-going moods or depression
- Difficulty concentrating
- Tension and tight muscles
- Loss of appetite
‘It’s just work stress, that’s all.’
Recognise the true trigger of your stress
Is it really a meeting with the MD or the project deadline that’s causing you stress? Or is it fear of failure? Or perhaps even fear of success? Recognising the true cause of your stress is key to bringing about calm, perspective and appropriate action. Delve into the source of your worries and be accepting of your feelings about it, particularly fear.
Stressed out capital: Here in London, our top five concerns are:
- Money (40%)
- Problems with friends and family members (25%)
- Health concerns (24%)
- Stress at work (22%)
- Job security or employment (21%)
‘Well it’s work’s fault. There’s nothing I can do about that…’
Take responsibility for your stress today and immediately reduce its effects
- Get perspective – make a list of all the things you’re stressed about today. Then break the list into two separate columns: the things you are responsible for and the things you can’t control. What does this tell you about your stress?
- Make your work environment physically comfortable as far as you can
- Ask for help – increase your support network in the office or at home
- Increase your communication and be assertive about your needs
- Take regular breaks and walk about or get some fresh air during the day
- Eat well and often, even if it means preparing food in advance
- Improve or introduce stress management practises into your routine e.g. meditation, yoga or walking
- Work regular hours as far as you can and take the breaks and holidays you’re entitled to
- Make time for fun and personal relationships – the world won’t fall apart if you go to the cinema and eat popcorn. In fact, you’ll feel more balanced and able to cope
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