Stress in the workplace can have devastating effects on mental health and productivity. Dr Mark Winwood, Director of Psychological Services for?AXA PPP healthcare, sets out his top tips for how to manage stress.
Start by doing some very basicwellness checks
Do you need to increase your exercise, improve your diet, or get more sleep Fairly simple changes in these three areas can improve your outlook and ability to cope with stressful situations at work.
Challenge your thinking
Do you find yourself taking a negative perspective on work issues, could there be a more balanced view Take some time tofocus on the positive what areyour strengths and what have you achieved?
Make sure yougive yourself some time to relax
This is especially important at times of big change, such as starting a new job or taking on a new role and/or added responsibilities.
What can you actually change?
Think about what you have the power to in your current circumstances and prioritise these things, rather than worrying about areas you can’t control.
Make lists and plan workloads
By ticking jobs off your list youll start to feel a bit more in control.
Duvet days don’t pay
don’t just avoid work, chances are your workload will increase while you’re off and add to your troubles.
Identify the real problem
It is important to think about what’s making you want to phone in sick. Are you afraid of failing? Sometimes were our own worst critics. Think about what youd say to a friend or a colleague in the same situation. Would you be as hard on them as you are on yourself?
Look at some of thegreat resourcesthat can help you build resilience
There are many useful books and websites that offer tools for coping with stress.
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