5 Ways to Reduce Stress at Work

The first Wednesday in November is National Stress Awareness Day, this is a great opportunity to think about our own wellbeing, and how we can reduce stress.

Stress is any change in the environment that requires your body to react and adjust in response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses. Too much stress can be harmful.

Here are some ways to reduce stress: 

1. Get enough sleep

Harvard Medical School found that poor sleep may be a contributing factor to stress. Lack of sleep can influence your ability to deal with stress. It can negatively affect your mood and perspective which can increase your stress level even more. Try to aim to get 8 hours of sleep at night.

2. Organise your day

Organising your day can help reduce stress and improve your efficiency at work.  Using calendars, making to-do lists, setting deadlines, always clarifying your goals and setting clear objectives can help with this.

3. Stay active

Exercising and staying active can be a great way to relieve stress. Desk yoga can help you relieve stress without leaving your desk. There are numerous websites providing information on yoga poses you can do at your desk. 

4. Take a vacation

A holiday is a good way to recharge your batteries and reduce stress levels. 

5. Encourage social activity

Team building exercises and social activities amongst employees are a great way to improve team communication, raise morale and build bonds among the team. The more comfortable you are with your colleagues, the less stress you are likely to feel. 

If you would like further guidance or support on this matter or require advice on other people management matters please contact Clover HR on 0121 516 0299 or email us at info@cloverhr.co.uk  

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