There’s a lot of information out there about workplace wellbeing.
Any quick Google search will bring up hundreds of articles about how to build resilience and reduce stress at work.
However, many don’t seem overly helpful.
For example, one article advises you to “compartmentalise your cognitive load”. I think this translates as “do one thing at a time”.
Here are some straight-talking tips for coping with stress at work:
Identify what can and cannot be changed
One of our previous emails focused on ‘catastrophising’ – where we build up problems regardless of the actual facts. When faced with a problem, work on the things you have influence over. Don’t waste energy on things you cannot change.
Make a plan of action when confronted with a problem
Setting smaller targets that lead up to a bigger overall goal provides focus, and leads to a sense of achievement and progress. A big job can seem overwhelming and stressful at first, but taking it one step at a time can make it psychologically easier.
Find help when it is needed
Don’t struggle on alone. Good managers will want to help their employees achieve in their role, so ask for help.
Try something else when an initial plan doesn’t work
This might sound like obvious advice, but this counts as adopting a ‘growth mindset’ where we have a willingness to learn from our mistakes. Any initial failure may feel demoralising, but by continually correcting our mistakes we’ll eventually succeed.
Encouraging yourself under pressure
Often, we have the tendency to think negatively about ourselves. It’s based on a built-in reflex from primitive times that stopped us being overconfident and putting ourselves in danger.
However, in modern life we can choose to discard those thoughts. Remember that in most cases you will be more than capable of conducting a task you’ve been given.
For more practical advice, for both individuals and wider teams, see our Building Resilience at Work eLearning course.