Stress: our body’s response to pressure from a life event or a situation which causes our body to produce stress hormones – this can result in what is known as a ‘fight or flight’ response.
Common symptoms of this include your heart pounding, hands sweating, tension in your muscles and sweating. For many, the symptoms which stress can bring don’t have any long-term, lasting effects and often disappear – however, if stress becomes excessive, our physical and mental health can be impacted for a longer period of time.
Work-related stress is a common problem in the UK and is at its highest rate in 16 years, according to the latest batch of statistics published by the HSE. With 45 million working days lost per year due to anxiety and stress, it is clear the consequences of stress on the economy are high; according to Mind, over £100 billion is lost every single year.
As an employer, there are a variety of things you can do to help prevent stress in the workplace for your employees. These include:
- Making your staff feel valued and involved
- Encourage your team members to take a break every so often and not stare at a screen for a solid eight hours
- Offer a flexible working environment. For example, allow working from home once in a while or allow parents to collect their child from school
- Have a chat with your employees about how they are progressing with their workload and if they need any guidance
If you find that you’re struggling with stress in the workplace, it’s important to try and recognise the signs and take control. It can often be the case that you aren’t aware your body is reacting to stress – for example, symptoms can vary from feeling tired all of the time to biting your nails, eating too much/little to suffering with headaches. Therefore, if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, identifying the underlying cause is paramount in making the connection between emotional and physical symptoms. Working out what triggers your stress symptoms – such as ongoing problems at work – can help you alleviate these feelings by being prepared for them in future situations.
Further ways to help relieve stress symptoms include:
- Staying active
- Staying away from alcohol and smoking
- Trying to remain positive
- Talking to somebody about how you’re feeling
If you are struggling to cope, remember that you aren’t alone and that help is on hand. Whether it’s a long or short-term problem, we offer various services from counselling to cognitive behavioural therapy and specialist senior Psychologists with no waiting list and no referral needed. All appointments are private & confidential and NO information is shared with your GP or NHS medical records.