“There is more to life than increasing its speed”Gandhi: How to tackle & reduce stress in work
Workplace stress is on the rise. We have increasing demands with decreasing resources and often find our working days are tied up with continuous and seemingly never-ending tasks. There is little time for relaxation and time out and many of us are unable to switch off even when we get home. Stress reduces your capacity to perform and function well in the workplace. It also has an impact on your overall wellbeing which can lead to poor mental health, sleep difficulties and physical health problems. It can affect our relationships and enjoyment of life! For us at OutdoorCure, wellbeing is everybody’s responsibility… so whether you are an employee, a leader, or a loved one of someone experiencing workplace stress we have some top tips for you below.
The OutdoorCure Guide to Reducing Workplace Stress and Improving Your Wellbeing
1) Resist checking your work email when you are out of work. When we leave work, we need to relax and switch off for the day. Being permanently “on” is a lifestyle we have become desensitised too, but it can leave us depleted of energy and more susceptible to the negative impact of stress.
2) Spend some time in one of the most valuable ways you can… getting to know you. Explore what ignites you, where your passions are, what relaxes you and gives your energy a boost. Similarly, learn how it feels when you are starting to feel depleted or stressed at work. Having an awareness means you can do activities to rebalance or restore.
3) If you are a leader, lead with compassion. Have more frequent wellbeing meetings or activities, fight for a change in policy that will reduce workplace stressors. Be the difference, rather than holding a one-off box ticking wellbeing event.
4) Look out for each other. If you notice a colleague is quieter than usual or appears run down, take time out to talk to them and to offer some support.
5) Be mindful of how much time you spend socialising with colleagues outside work. While having a once a month get together can help to strengthen a team, if you are in a cycle of having a drink after work 2 or 3 times a week, it may be that you are not switching off properly in this time. Often conversation turns to work related subjects and this can have a knock-on effect on our wellbeing.
6) Establish boundaries and learn to say no. It is easy to feel pressure to be available 24/7, or to complete one more task before you leave. You will quickly become the go to person for any extra tasks that need completing, leaving you at risk of burn out.
7) This last one we can’t say enough… get more sleep! Stress has long been linked to insomnia and it’s a vicious cycle to be in as one exacerbates the other! Give some sleep hygiene a go. Turn off screens well before bed (at least an hour – preferably more); shoot for 8 hours; avoid sleeping in on the weekends and stick to a schedule.
What works for you in reducing workplace stress? Let us know in the comments below!
The OutdoorCure Team x