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 Wellbeing 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 wellbeing.
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 Wellbeing 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.