Manage stress and pressure

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The UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has stated recently that one in five workers report feeling "extremely stressed at work". However, it is important to distinguish between the terms stress and pressure. Pressure at work is inevitable. Challenges that cause an increase in pressure are healthy and will often give us energy, improve our performance, and even our quality of life. This only applies up to a certain point. If pressure becomes excessive, it loses its beneficial effect and becomes harmful and destructive to health.

"Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, emotions, schedule, environment, and the way you deal with problems. Stress management involves changing the stressfull situation when you can, changing your reaction when you can't, taking care of yourself, and making time for rest and relaxation." CIPD

Here is a list of strategies to cope with stress

  • Work on your self-awareness
  • Pay attention to your work/life balance. Try to work reasonable hours each day
  • Take all your holiday entitlement
  • Ensure regular breaks throughout the day
  • Take the day off if you are sick
  • Develop strategies for dealing with immediate stressors, such as deliberately taking a series of slow, deep breath to calm your fight or flight response
  • Keep an eye on your workload - communicate with your line manager if it gets too demanding, ask for training if you need it and learn to delegate effectively
  • Work on your action-planning skills
  • Work on your time management and organisation skills
  • Try to eat healthily and get enough sleep
  • Remain active
  • Go out and get some fresh air
  • Consider meditation and relaxation techniques
  • Develop a range of social interests
  • Have people you can talk to - other people may also have advice on how to solve a problem