Following yesterday’s National Stress Awareness Day (Wednesday, 2 November), Working for Wellbeing’s Francis McGinty has shared with us her top 10 tips for reducing stress in the workplace
Stress in the workplace is a destructive but avoidable force within many companies. Unchecked, it robs employees of their creativity, innovation and motivation.
National statistics indicate that stress currently costs every business £3,725 per annum, for every UK employee.
If you’re an employer, you can choose to ignore this loss of profit but, by law, you have a legal obligation to protect the health and safety of your employees – and that includes their mental wellbeing.
If you’re an employee, stress can have a serious impact on your health, happiness and family life. Stress robs us all of the joy of life.
Working for Wellbeing’s Top 10 Tips for Easing Stress
1. Learn to say no. Not easy, but it can be done. If you are overwhelmed, let your boss know that your day is full and ask which tasks to prioritise.
2. Take regular breaks. We actually achieve more by switching our attention from active to relaxed and back again, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
3. Take 10 deep breaths. This allows your brain to receive more oxygen.
4. Take a walk. Try walking that little bit further, use the stairs, even move the rubbish bin somewhere where you have to get up from your desk and walk to it.
5 Stretch. Yogis know that when we are physically flexible, we are more able to go with the flow mentally and emotionally.
6. Learn a quick-fix tapping routine. Thought Field Therapy (or Tapping as it’s commonly known) is an incredible way to reduce the Cortisol levels that stress creates very quickly. For the tapping routine you can read Tapping the Healer within by Dr Roger Callaghan or e-mail email@example.com for a free download.
7. Dream. Shut your eyes for a single minute and imagine that you are in your favourite place . . . see it, hear it, smell it, taste it and feel you are there.
8. Don’t skip lunch. Your brain can’t function rationally when you are hungry.
9. Have a glass of water. Your brain needs to be hydrated.
10. Listen to a good piece of music. Binaural music is a great way of relaxing the brain from Beta to the far more creative Theta state. ChocolateBuddha.co.uk has just the thing.
For a more long-term solution ask your boss to introduce a wellbeing programme.
Working for Wellbeing Ltd helps organisations embed a Psychosocial Risk Management (stress management) process which enables them to be more productive through the care and wellbeing of staff.
It runs and run the only UKAS and OFQUAL-recognised training courses in the world and created the first Psychosocial Risk Audit, which can measure if organisations are compliant with current laws and guidelines to lower their litigation risks.