When under stress, especially at work, it is best to accept that you are feeling stressed and to be open about how you feel. If you do accept that you are under stress, then it is necessary to find out what is causing the stress and methods how to manage and be able to cope with it.
Stop and think is it a person, event(s) or situations that is causing you to feel under stress.
Often it is signs such as headaches, stomach ache and sleeplessness that are occurring on a regular basis and if you are suffering from headaches, for example, then note down on a pad or diary how often it is happening. There may be an event or after speaking to a particular person when you feel a tension headache coming on.
Have you have identified what is causing your tension headaches, then what do you do?
Take a log of the date, time and how long each headache lasts and if any headache tablets are required and note this all down. It can help you to focus and identify if there is a pattern and what is causing the headaches, and it may be more often than you realise!
Go for a walk at lunchtime and this can help you clear your head and be ready for work in the afternoon.
Try the stress test here
Some more Stress Tips
Identify the cause(s) of stress within the work environment.
Ensure that breaks and lunch breaks are away from the computer
Try not to have music on all the time
Any constant noises should be reduced, if possible
Communicate effectively to all
Drink about 8 glasses of water daily
Healthy eating such as fruit and vegetables daily
Talk to someone if you are feeling stressed or under pressure
No time - then make time and create an action plan for the next week/month- try some goal setting......
Worried - create a Worry List with headings 'Worry' and 'Cause'
Deal with situations and Be proactive
Try not to put off anything that is causing you stress as it will only make more stress for you. Try settling any situations which are causing you stress or anxiety as soon as they arise. Take a look at what is happening at work and if there is a problem with another member of staff, or if it is a relative at home, then speak to them today rather than leaving it for another day.
Once you get the problem sorted, you will feel so much better and wish that it had been dealt with sooner.
Don’t put off anything until tomorrow when today will get it resolved for you.
Stress is no. 1 cause of long-term absence
This is according to a recent survey by CIPD and Simplyhealth.
Often one of the causes of stress is due to worry especially with the current economic climate.
If you find that you are not sleeping because of worrying. Create a Worry List with headings of worry and cause.
Identify the most important worry and rate from 1 to 10.
Then prioritise your list as what you have control over or not.
Download our Worry List for less worry and less stress.