Your alarm goes off late, you run to the station and all the trains are cancelled. You have to take the long route to work on a packed-out train and arrive late to a full inbox and they’re all marked as urgent. Stress. Unfortunately, we’ve all experienced some form of stress, whether it’s within the workplace or in our personal life. New statistics revealed by the Mental Health Foundation showed that 74% of adults in the UK have felt so stressed that they’re overwhelmed or can’t cope. Statistics like this are what make Stress Awareness Month so important. So, in honour of this very special month, we’ve compiled a list of helpful tips to help you deal with stress.
We’ve divided our tips based on the statistics compiled by hse.gov.uk into the most common reasons for stress. We believe that using these tips daily will help you and others around you tackle stress and live happy and healthier lives.
Know your limits
While we’re all superheroes in our own right, we’re also only human! Don’t take on a workload that you know you’ll struggle to complete. There’s no harm in using the word ‘no’ from time to time and setting more realistic expectations for yourself and others.
A cluttered workspace makes for a cluttered mind! If you’re tearing your hair our trying to find paperwork or tripping over mountains of files, you probably aren’t working very productively. Take the time to tidy your space and your mind will follow.
Complete tasks bit by bit
You can’t eat a whole a Christmas dinner in one go now can you (although we’ve definitely all tried!) No, you take it bit by bit. Don’t be daunted by the big picture, take small steps to get to your end goal. Ask yourself, what’s the next phase I need to complete in order to finish this task?
Ask for help!
Probably the most obvious, but sometimes the hardest. Asking for help can do you the world of good.
Your coping technique
How do you think you cope with disappointment? Are you the kind of person to bottle it up? Do you hide in your room? If you’re nodding your head, then you probably need to develop better coping mechanisms. Why not go for a run or try some meditation? These small changes can lead to big improvements.
Expand that support network
Not everyone can understand what you’re going through, no matter how close they are to you. Sometimes a change of outlook is good; going to the same people for answers isn’t always a good idea – try a fresh perspective.
Try keeping a journal
A lot of the time, you may not be communicating your feelings proactively. Write down what makes you mad or stresses you out as soon as it happens, this will make it easier to communicate to people around you.
Bullying isn’t just having your lunch money taken in the playground. 75% of workers are affected by bullying. Realise what is happening to you or around you and tell someone about it.
Don’t isolate yourself.
It’s easy just to go home and hide. Running away from any kind of support is the worst thing you can do.
You aren’t the problem
Most importantly, you need to realise you aren’t the reason this is happening. It’s not to do with your appearance, job title or any uniqueness; its to do with someone else’s attitude.
If you think you’re being bullied, you most likely are. Tell someone; don’t suffer in silence.
Make sure you remain optimistic. Things may be different and difficult now, but you need to keep a good attitude. Come to terms with your new situation and turn it into a positive one.
Take the time to realise what you’ve achieved in your previous role and think about what you can achieve in your new role. Speak to your new manager so they know what you’re looking to achieve. A new role brings with it so many new possibilities.
There’s no such thing as a bad question. Don’t be afraid to ask your new manager, colleagues and team about anything you’re unsure of. Bottling things up won’t help anything.
All these tips are things you can work on to help yourself. However, if you or someone you know is really struggling with stress, you can seek help from these websites: