Stress at work can be caused by many things, including high workloads, conflict and change.
Although most workplace stress should be alleviated through good leadership and managed workloads, we can all be prone to stress at times.
Luckily, there are ways we can manage the symptoms of short-term stress and build resilience at work.
Go for a walk
Sometimes it’s good to get up from your desk and get away from it all – even if it’s only for a short while!
Try to go outside. It will reduce anxiety, increase energy levels and improve your mood.
Use breathing exercises
Controlled breathing exercises can be carried out sitting or standing. Start by choosing a time of day when you feel the most relaxed.
Concentrate on your breathing for a few minutes, slowly and calmly in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Starting with your feet, contract your muscles for 5 to 10 seconds while inhaling. Then, exhale and release the tension in that muscle group. Relax for 10 to 20 seconds before working your way up your body.
Allow your muscles to relax as much as you can, and think about the contrast between how they feel when tense and when relaxed.
Think objectively by looking at the situation and how you’d see it from the perspective of another person.
Sometimes we can be “too close” to a problem, and not see the bigger picture. Maybe the problem causing you stress can be solved a different way?
Make a plan
It can relieve stress to plan what you’re going to do, complete a task, then tick it off your list. Visually seeing the progress you’re making can be a big help.
From a wider point of view, it may be of benefit to plan what you’re going to do if you spot the signs of stress.
To learn more about how to manage the symptoms of stress, see our Coping with Stress eLearning course.