in the workplace can have devastating effects on mental health and
productivity. Dr Mark Winwood, Director of Psychological Services for AXA
PPP healthcare, sets out his top tips for how to manage stress:
Start by doing some very basic wellness checks – do you need to increase your exercise, improve
your diet, or get more sleep? Fairly simple changes in these three areas
can improve your outlook and ability to cope with stressful situations at work.
2. Challenge your thinking – do you find yourself taking a negative
perspective on work issues, could there be a more balanced view? Take some
time to focus on the positive – what
are your strengths and what have you achieved?
Make sure you give
yourself some time to relax. This is especially important at times of
big change, such as starting a new job or taking on a new role and/or added
Think about what
you have the power to change in your current circumstances and prioritise
these things, rather than worrying about areas you can’t control.
and plan workloads - by ticking jobs off
your list you’ll start to feel a bit more in control.
Duvet days don’t pay -- Don’t just avoid
work, chances are your workload will increase
while you’re off and add to your troubles.
7. Identify the real problem. It is
important to think about what‘s making you want to phone in sick. Are you
afraid of failing? Sometimes we’re our own worst critics. Think about what you’d say to a friend or a
colleague in the same situation. Would you be as hard on them as you are on
Look at some of the great resources that can help you build resilience. There are
many useful books and websites that offer tools for coping with stress.
Don’t ignore the people who care most about you -- Call on friends and family members that
you have around you - asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of
10. Most importantly, if
you’re having trouble at work, don’t bottle things up. It’s helpful to share
your concerns, so speak to your manager or a supportive colleague. #RecogniseTalkAct [link to Twitter]