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5 tips to help you deal with stress at work:
1. Understand you are not alone and talk to someone
Talk to your manager and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Discuss what is bothering you and if it is work-related, talk about the issues you're having and set realistic targets and goals. If you feel you can't talk to your manager, talk or write to someone else. For example, someone in your HR department or union representative, if you have one.
2. Be realistic
Nobody is perfect all the time! We all have bad days, don’t beat yourself up. You might find that you're being more critical of your own work than you need to be. Work within your limitations and try to be kind to yourself.
3. Take breaks
Stress can come in waves and sometimes it can just hit you when you least expect it. Don’t be afraid to take a break. Be it difficult customers, or an overwhelming to-do list taking a couple of minutes to clear your head won’t be a waste of time and spending some time gathering your thoughts can help you be more productive.
4. Move your body (not your job)
You can reduce stress and increase energy levels by getting physical activity, it’ll also make you feel more alert and help you sleep better. You don’t need to run a marathon or spend your life in the gym, just a short walk can have beneficial effects, as can spending a short amount of time in the sunshine.
5. Move your job
If your job is making you stressed, try and figure out what part of it is causing your stress and then look to see if changing jobs could solve the problem. Don’t make a rash decision as that could cause you more stress down the road, do your research, look around and see what is out there. Even the act of just looking could make you feel better.
*Reviews and ratings are accurate as of 17th May 2022.
** Rankings based on employers with over 30 independent responses
Published on 7 June 2022