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How to Cope with Workplace Stress
How to cope with workplace stress Stress ? If you’re worried about stress hypnotherapy can help.
Many people experiencing stress in today’s high pressure society. Especially in big cities where there are problems commuting, economic pressures and competition . As a result making the workplace one of the leading causes of modern stress.
Stress costs employers millions and causes millions of working days to be lost each year.As well as leading to low morale, poor efficiency, mistakes, accidents and absenteeism. Because of the worry around how employers may perceive or react to employee stress, many people do not seek help straight away. However, the sooner people seek help the easier it will be to make a full and speedy recovery.
The main reasons given for work stress are too much pressure, lack of support, related violence and bullying. In fact, according to a poll commissioned by mental health charity Mind and YouGov, 64% of people say they found work very or fairly stressful.
11 per cent of the population smoking to combat the stress, whilst 57 per cent drink alcohol after work to de-stress. These unhealthy behaviours, can increase the risk of cancer and heart disease . In addition stress itself has been shown to shorten our lifespans. Moreover impacting negatively on your family and friends.
Tips to Decrease Stress in a Busy Office
Starting Early – research shows you’re better off starting early rather than staying late. Things tending to be more peaceful around this time of day. As well as making commuting easier. Furthermore we are usually more clear header and productive.
Setting Realistic Goals – most stress comes from a simple equation – we want to do more than our resources allow (time or ability). Taking a step back and setting yourself some more realistic goals. Anxiety arises from setting unrealistic goals that are impossible to meet. If your goals are set by someone else, talking to them about their expectations.
Taking Breaks – when we becoming busy we are often tempted to skip breaks. However, down time is essential to allow our minds to regroup. Breaks will actually increase productivity rather than lowering it.
Staying Healthy – eating well, getting enough sleep and exercising are all key to staying strong enough to deal with stress. Stop allowing your body to become too run down.
Separating Work & Home – trying to leave your work at the office. Switching off your phone. As well as dedicating some real time to family, friends and relaxation.
Avoiding Negative Thoughts – there are certain types of thought patterns that often lead to stress.
- “Should” or “must” statements that set up unachievable rules.
- Always expecting the worst – always thinking things are a “disaster”.
- Black and white or all or nothing thinking – right or wrong, succeed or fail with no in-betweens.
- “What if?” worrying about things that may never happen. Always fearing the worst.
- “They must think…” assuming what other people are thinking – usually negative.
Learning To Say No – sometimes it’s in your own best interests to say no to things that are not possible or healthy for you to do. Many people with people pleasing personalities find that not being able to say no drastically increases their stress levels.
Asking For Help – Whether it’s training up your staff and delegating more tasks or going to your manager, don’t be afraid to ask other people to take some of the load or to reassess your workload. Many people assume that their manager won’t help them, but a lot of the time they won’t be aware that you are under so much pressure. At the end of the day, it’s in their own best interests for their team to be able to perform at their best.
If you don’t feel like you can go to your manager, you can seek help outside the workplace. Stress in London is a huge cause of problems and I have helped many clients break free from their struggles.
As the published author of The Stress Management Kit, I can help you get to the root of your stress problems using hypnotherapy and help you learn new and easy ways to feel more relaxed and in control. To discover more about what I can do for you please don’t hesitate to get in touch.