So lets think about ‘work place stress’ and how we move from work-place stress to wellness at home..
Ok, so, if you’re anything like me, shutting off from your day job can be tough. Even more so when working from home. I found myself overthinking my workday on an evening which nudged me closer and closer to burn out. It’s not healthy but you are not alone.
Did you know that 11.7 million working days are lost a year due to work related stress, depression or anxiety? And that stress accounts for almost two fifths* of all work-related ill health cases (HSE’s 2015/16)
So, work place stress; what is it?
HSE defines stress as ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them’. So, for you and I that may look like working under pressure we can’t cope with.
Work place stress more specifically is the above but more in the work place.
If you know what’s causing your stress it might be easier to find ways to manage it.
Although we are drawing attention to workplace stress, some other examples of things that may cause stress include:
work – feeling pressure at work, unemployment or retirement
family – relationship difficulties, divorce or caring for someone
financial problems – unexpected bills or borrowing money
health – illness, injury or losing someone (bereavement)
Even significant life events such as buying a house, having a baby or planning a wedding could lead to feelings of stress.
Stress impacts us differently, so don’t give yourself a hard time or compare yourself to others – you’re human and in actual fact you should be proud that you’ve recognised this.
Signs of stress
(Nhs.uk October 2019)
- headaches or dizziness
- muscle tension or pain
- stomach problems
- chest pain or a faster heartbeat
- sexual problems
- mental symptoms
- difficulty concentrating
- struggling to make decisions
- feeling overwhelmed
- constantly worrying
- being forgetful
- changes in behaviour
- being irritable and snappy
- sleeping too much or too little
- eating too much or too little
- avoiding certain places or people
- drinking or smoking more
So what now?!
Own it baby! I appreciate this is harder said than done because when you’re stressed things can seem over whelming. Again don’t give yourself a hard time and be kind to yourself; I mean I bet you’re doing so much better than you think!
Heres some things we promote that have worked for us…
Before going home, I used to literally dump my stress so I wasn’t carrying it home using this toolkit…
The idea behind this is to write everything down which is potentially something you will stress about, over think or will consume your, out of work hours.
You can download our free Dump It Worksheets here >>
Make to do lists!
Write it all down. I used to have to remind myself to eat when I was stressed and over worked so really take some time to think about what your day will look like and write it down. There is evidence within the law of attraction that writing things down help you manifest things into existence.
You can download our free To-Do List templates here >>
Connect and Talk…
Make sure you are looking after yourself and talking about the stresses with a loved one or maybe a professional. Do not ever feel like you are alone. If you do feel alone or stuck call professionals who specialise in supporting individuals
Mind – www.mind.org.uk
Infoline: 0300 123 3393
Post: Mind Infoline, PO Box 75225, London, E15 9FS
Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence also shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing by:
- raising your self-esteem
- helping you to set goals or challenges and achieve them
- causing chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood
Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)
Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. One really good app to support mindfulness is ‘Head Space’ available on ios and android.
So remember, stress is unique to each individual and we need to be mindful in approaching out limits. Remember to take regular breaks and learn how to shut off when you can. Remember, when in doubt – you got this!!