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Physical well-being is the main area that we tend to look at when it comes to workplace health. However, mental health is just as important but it does get overlooked. Therefore when the workload gets too much, this is when you may start to struggle and find it hard to cope as more and more demands get passed onto you.
Stress does not pick and choose who it effects, it can hit anyone at any level of business. Work related studies have proven that it doesn’t matter which sector of work you are in, it is not a confined state. Stress is not an illness, however, if it becomes too much it can lead to physical and mental illness.
What can be seen as stressful to one person can be seen as normal to another. People are affected in different ways. Your manager’s duty is, therefore, to ensure that the work you are asked to carry out is not causing any stress or any negative impact on your health. By tracking down whatever is triggering your stress, you can reduce the amount of stress you experience in the workplace. Here are the following steps to take:
Track the triggers
You need to understand what causes you to become stressed, even if it is just a small period of worry. If it continues then you need to understand what you can do to overcome these moments. If the stress you are enduring gets more serious you should start to make a note of when it happens. Also, engage in something that makes you feel calm and relaxed. If these are not helping you should speak to a manager and ask if there is anything that can be done to resolve this situation.
To avoid burning out you should take the time to recharge and return your mind to a place that isn’t full of stress and worry. When you leave work you need to ‘switch off’. Out of work hours should be used to enjoy your social life outside of work without the stress and burden of work hanging over you. Take time off to relax and unwind and take part in non-work related activities. Doing so will help you get back to work and regenerate with a positive mind and attitude.
Talk to your supervisor
Employees who are not under stress are more likely to be productive. If you speak to your manager and tell them the issues that you have, they will work with you to create an effective plan that resolves the triggers that you have highlighted. Not only would this help you to deal with stress. It also encourages the team to speak out if they are feeling the same. This can hopefully help and encourage the colleagues around you too.