To mark National Stress Awareness Day, Pitman Training has hooked up with psychotherapist Catherine Asta Labbett to offer tips on identifying stress triggers and suggest preventative measures that can be used in the workplace.
Our mutual aim is to encourage people to talk about stress, find ways to prevent stress and together identify better working practices to manage it and limit the effects it can have on our health, wellbeing and career success.
We all know what it’s like to feel stressed - being under pressure is a normal part of life.
But becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems or worsen existing problems and no workplace should put their team members in a situation which will provoke this.
I believe workplaces must work to provide opportunities for staff to identify and address possible stress triggers - it is our responsibility as employers.
Here are my top 3 tips:
1. Organise your time
Time management is a godsend in helping you to feel in control. You can’t control your whole day but if you schedule slots of your day to achieve certain tasks you can take pride in achieving mini goals and not feel so overrun by the overall mountain of work to get through.
2. Ask your boss for a mentor
Striving to achieve more can feel stressful sometimes when you don’t have a barometer to mark your success by. Working with a mentor provides encouragement and a chance to reflect on how far you have come.
3. Train the brain
The brain is an organ that needs exercising. If we spend too much time carrying out tasks that don’t involve much brain power we become sluggish. Try to continually develop your skills, find new things to learn and fuel your brain with new challenges
Catherine Asta Labbett is a psychotherapist, success coach, and an ex-HR strategist at the NHS, working on their 15-year workforce strategy.
She is also the founder of recently formed Girl Tribe Gang and has been showcased on CNN and BBC Business for her work supporting women in business. She identifies stress as a huge debilitating factor that prevents women from thriving at work.
Here are Catherine’s top 3 tips:
1. Identify the stressors in your life
Stress can come from all sorts of places. Sometimes life hits us with BIG curveballs that knock us for six, other times it’s a combination of small, but sustained curveballs, which, over time, wear us down.
Change, increased responsibility, illness, death, divorce, debt, moving house, redundancy, feeling stuck or under sustained pressure and spinning lots of plates are all stress provoking curveballs.
Working out what’s contributing to your stress levels is the first part of the jigsaw puzzle. Once you know the stressors it then becomes much easier to work out a plan of attack to reduce them.
2. Become a self-care superstar
Taking time out to come up for air is really important. When your mind is full, it’s hard to relax, so have a think about the things that make you feel relaxed and nourished and pop them down on paper.
Whether it’s a long hot soak in the bath, binge-watching Netflix or reading a trashy magazine – allow yourself to do these things as and when you need to do them (and without the guilt). Make time to carve out time for you. Time for headspace.
Time to think. Time to silence the noise in your head. Time to just be you. It needs to become part of your daily routine.
We are social beings and feeling isolated can make us feel disconnected. Don’t underestimate the power of conversation and talking.
Feeling connected and part of a community/team/organisation can have a massive impact on your emotional health and wellbeing. Lean in and surround yourself with people who inspire and motivate you.
Pitman Training has been providing training since 1985 and is one of the UK’s most established, franchised training providers, training around 25,000 individuals each year.
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