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Work stress management 5 tips

Work Stress Management 5 Tips for Busy Professionals

Work stress is on the rise

According to Champion Health’s  “The Workplace Health Report” 2023 

76% (YES 76%!!!) of employees are experiencing moderate-to-high stress, an increase of 13% year-on-year.

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76% of employees experience moderate-to-high stress at work

Not all stress is bad. Good stress kicks in your adrenaline to help you focus and get motivated to take action.

There’s nothing like an urgent deadline to get you moving! 

Work stress management 5 tips

Encourage your staff to take these steps when they feel overwhelmed by stress.

1. Take breaks

It may seem counter-intuitive, but sometimes taking a short rest break can actually boost productivity. Yep, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by your workload, taking brief breaks throughout the day to rest your mind and recharge your energy is essential to manage work-related stress.

Go for a little walk, have a stretch or practice deep breathing exercises (I can share some quick and effective ones).

2. Gain perspective

Incorporating short breaks into your workday can really help you take a mental step back and see the bigger picture. When you’re constantly in the thick of things, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and lose sight of reality.

Taking a little time out for mental clarity can help you regain perspective and realise what may seem like BIG problems are actually just everyday challenges.

3. Prioritise your workload

Having a clear perspective can really help you tackle your workload more effectively. Workload demands are the leading trigger for work-related stress, so it’s important to prioritise your tasks.

Identify the urgent and most important tasks that need to be completed and focus on those first. Give yourself some do-not-disturb focus time blocks to complete them. This can really help reduce the feeling of being stressed out and frazzled whilst increasing your sense of control over your workload.

4. Set healthy boundaries

If you’re feeling stressed, it’s important to set healthy boundaries to protect your wellbeing.

What are your non-negotiables? 

What are the things that you absolutely need to do to maintain your health and productivity? 

Disconnect to reconnect. I love this!

Taking time to reset and recharge is absolutely crucial when you’re feeling stressed out. After work, it’s important to disconnect both physically and mentally to recharge and return refreshed the next day.

5. Practice self-care

Finally, during your disconnect to reconnect time, make sure you do things that help you relax. 

What do you enjoy doing? 

Be it exercising, listening to music or other hobbies you enjoy. Make the time.

Self-care time is essential to help reduce stress and improve your overall wellbeing.

Managing work stress is a process, and as a caring employer, it’s important to encourage your people to use these proven stress management tips.

Lead by example and practice these tips yourself to set a positive tone. 

If you’d like to discuss how I can your organisation, or for more information on my wellbeing offerings at your workplace, please get in touch here.

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Dawn Barnes

I support companies and individuals with my wellbeing programs to help manage stress and improve mental wellbeing in a healthy positive way.

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