At OA we take stress management, mindfulness and staff well being seriously. It is important to us that our staff are healthy, happy and able to cope with the everyday challenges that recruitment can bring! Here are our Top tips for managing stress in the workplace:
1. Take a step back, look at the bigger picture and put the problem into perspective…
Perhaps you're disappointed that you didn't get the promotion you were up for or you have a mountain of work piling up and not enough hours in the day to complete all those important tasks? Feeling stressed is a natural reaction. Take a deep breath and try to move forward. Keeping things in perspective is crucial to managing stress.
2. Think of some solutions and come up with a plan
If there's a specific problem you need to fix, make a list of possible solutions and decide on the best course of action to enable you to move forward. Realising that you have options and coming up with a plan will have a direct effect on stress reduction and put you back in control.
3. Accept things that are outside of your control
Some circumstances are simply beyond our control, and we have to learn to cope with and accept them. The most important thing is to have control over how you react to stressful situations. Staying calm and being willing to accept emotional support from others can help in managing stress.
4. Give yourself time to take a break to relax and recharge
Daily stresses can creep up on you before you realise it, so treat yourself to at least one relaxing activity every day. Listening to music, meditating, or going for a walk are all great ways to relax and relieve stress.
5. Exercise regularly
Exercise is one of the best methods for managing stress because it can relieve both the physical and emotional effects of stress and allow you to think more clearly.
6. Don’t be afraid to tell someone how you feel
If something's bothering you, don't keep it to yourself. Talk to people you trust, like friends, family, or colleagues about what's on your mind. It feels good just to get your feelings out into the open. A problem shared is a problem halved!
7. Set Reasonable Expectations
Being busy is sometimes inevitable, but regularly taking on more than you can manage can cause unwanted and unwelcome stress. Tell yourself that it's okay to say no to extra projects if your time and other commitments don’t allow for anything extra
At Osborne Appointments, we believe in working smarter, not harder! Look out for our next blog on Effective Time Management.