How can I manage stress at work?
Good stress management is important in the workplace. If you often experience feelings of stress, you might be at risk of developing a mental health problem, like depression or anxiety, and stress can also make existing problems worse. Building resilience can help you to adapt to challenging circumstances.
“I try to keep each task short and clear, take breaks when getting tired and be polite, honest and empathic with the people I work with.”
You don’t need to cope with stress alone. Here are some general things you can try:
- Recognising the signs of stress and the causes is a good place to start
- Work out what you find stressful and helpful in the workplace. Once you know what works for you, talk to your employer about this. They may be able to make some changes to help you.
- Try different coping techniques to use as soon as you start to feel pressure building. Everyone is different; it may take time to find a method that works for you.
- Try mindfulness. Focusing on the here and now can help you to create space to respond in new ways to situations
- Look after your physical health by keeping your regular physical activities and exercises.
For more ideas about coping with pressure and building resilience, see Mind HK’s guide How to manage stress.
“I don’t take on too much at one time, little steps are the way. Breathing strategies, having a mindset and thinking I can do this!”
If you’re finding that you’re feeling stressed because of a particular problem at work, here are some suggestions of ways to manage common stressful situations:
|What’s making you stressed at work||What you can do to prevent or reduce stress|
|Having problems with your workload||
|Poor work- life balance||
|Lack of support||