Reducing Stress in the Workplace
Written by Deanna Melanson
If you’re noticing that days seem longer, you’re always tired, irritated, not eating properly, and not thinking clearly, it’s possible that you’re under too much stress. Without realizing it, your stress could be starting to build up and cause issues worse than what you’re already experiencing. If left to grow, stress can cause acne, increased anxiety/anxiety attacks, and even depression.
This is always easier said than done, but reaching out and talking to people can help a significant amount. According to The Centre of Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) “Once a person feels a sense of emotional well-being, they feel stronger and more able to bounce back from stress. This helps them feel that they can cope better with difficult life events.” If you can, sit down with a friend and chat about what’s going on or talk to your employer/HR department. This can help alleviate some of the stress you have been holding on to.
Keep in mind, if you place yourself in a positive environment, you can foster a positive attitude. In a survey done by Adecco, 90% of employees said attributes they value the most are honesty, trust, and fairness from management, as well as other employees. By promoting a healthy culture for employees, they feel more comfortable and happy, in turn being more productive. Even changing your physical environment and just going outside can reduce stress significantly.
Stress is correlated with your mental health. If you’re under stress, it’s likely that your mental health is also being affected. We get it, it’s hard to prioritize your mental health when you have “more pressing” matters to tend to. Sometimes it’s hard to think about what’s causing your mental health issues. With this being said, CAMH studies show that “Practicing self-care is important for reducing stress. Some good ways to reduce and manage stress include trying to reduce negativity, prioritizing leisure time, limiting alcohol and caffeine, avoiding cigarettes and other drugs, and adopting proper sleep hygiene.”
Different from your mental health, but just as important is your overall physical health. Eating right, drinking water, and exercising when you can is essential to keeping stress at bay. Doing this can be a bigger challenge to some than others, so move at your own pace and take small steps. Find what works for you and keep it up in your daily routine. Eventually, things should start to become easier and your body will thank you.
Sure, the pile of clothes on the chair in your room is organized to you, but is it really? What about your work desk, locker, agenda/planner? Are they organized? Take the time to think about all these different areas of your life and try to reflect on what will help you grow. By organizing small parts of your life, you will start to feel the clutter in your mind clear up a bit. Continue this and you’ll be on your way to making healthy habits that improve your life.
Instead of expecting a house to be built in one day, lay one brick at a time. Each of those bricks represents a problem you’ve overcome that’s caused you stress. In time, and with some hard work and effort you’ll have that house built. In a perfect world we would be completely stress-free, but for now, tackle your stress one day at a time, figure out what works for you, and prioritize your wellbeing.