1 in 6 people report experiencing a mental health problem every week in the UK, a figure set to rise as a result of Covid-19. Managing work-related stress has an essential part to play in reducing the chance of developing a mental health illness and bringing these worrying statistics down.
With the way we work changing drastically over the past 6-months, now more than ever, protecting our mental health should be a top priority.
Our friends over at Heka have provided us with a few measures you can take to reduce work-related stress:
1. Manage your workload
We all know how stressful it feels juggling tasks and having deadlines coming out of our ears. There are plenty of ways you can manage this effectively to prevent becoming overwhelmed:
- Prioritise and plan
Have a system to identify the urgency of projects, factoring in deadlines, and leaving room to work on any unexpected tasks.
- Delegate where necessary
If you can’t take on any more work, it’s important to delegate tasks to other team members. Keep communication open and work together to make sure tasks are assigned evenly across the team.
- Schedule regular breaks
Just like you schedule in meetings, it’s helpful to schedule in time to take regular breaks. Block out half an hour slots during the day to reset and refresh your mind.
2. Maintain a healthy work-life balance
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance will improve overall happiness by preventing burnout, benefiting your productivity in and outside of work.
With many of us working from home maintaining this balance has become more of a challenge. Here are a few effective methods team Heka have been using to improve our work-life balance:
- If you can’t leave work at the office (because you now live at the office!) it’s important to have set working hours and religiously stick to them, this will help you switch off at the end of the day.
- Pencil time into your weekly plan for non-work related activities such as exercise, spending time with your family and catching up on The Great British Bake Off.
- Whatever the circumstance, always prioritise your health. No work commitment should ever come ahead of any mental or physical health concerns.
3. Stay active
When you exercise your body produces endorphins which help to decrease stress by relaxing the mind, reducing anxiety, and improving your quality of sleep. Even five minutes of aerobic exercise has proven to stimulate anti-stress effects.
Find an activity that makes you feel good. Whether that’s a brisk walk, lunchtime pilates session, or a high-energy spinning class, there’s something out there for everyone!
4. Stay connected
An important step in managing stress should be to simply share your concerns with someone else.
With most of us working from home, the way we communicate with our colleagues has changed. It’s important to make an extra effort to stay connected, try scheduling in regular catch-ups, virtual coffee breaks and share wellness resources such as audio meditation sessions.
5. Practise Mindfulness
Mindfulness is the practice of being tuned in to what is happening in the present moment, without thinking about past or future events.
Studies indicate that mindfulness can help to lower your blood pressure, strengthen your immune system, and protect your mental health – all of which help to reduce stress.
Breathing exercises, meditation, mindful eating, and mindful movement (such as yoga) are all powerful forms of mindfulness.
Practicing these measures to reduce stress will prevent burnout, improve physical and mental wellbeing, and ultimately help you in fulfilling your personal and work-related goals.
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