Stress in the workplace is a financially destructive insidious force for employers and for employees robs them of the job of living and can cause ill health. Francis from Working For Well-being explains that unchecked, it robs employees of their creativity, innovation and motivation. However with a very low expenditure of resources it is avoidable.
If you are an employer, you can choose to ignore the 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 well-being.
If you are an employee, stress can have a serious impact on your health, happiness and family life.
Stress robs us all of the job of life.
Working for Well-being share 10 top tips for easing stress:
- 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.
- 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.
- Take 10 deep breathes. This allows your brain to receive more oxygen.
- 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 to walk to it.
- Stretch. Yogis know that when we are physically flexible, we are more able to go with the flow mentally and emotionally.
- 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.
- 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.
- Don't skip lunch. Your brain can't function rationally when you are hungry.
- Have a glass of water. Your brain needs to be hydrated.
- 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.