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Top tips for managing stress

02 Feb 2017
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There are a host of simple changes you can make to boost your productivity and reduce stress

It’s a fact of our working lives that we will have to deal with stress.

It is also a fact that certain people are better at dealing with stress than others. Some even positively thrive on it.

But for those who struggle to cope here are six top tips courtesy of Unum, which is one of the UK’s leading providers in employee benefits and provides a wide range of tools to help businesses create a wellbeing strategy.

Recognise your moods
Realise when you’re stressed and what your response is to the feeling. Once you recognise this it’ll be easier to determine how to change.

Forget perfectionism
Ditch perfectionism and stop being too self-critical. Instead, set realistic goals and expectations and if they aren’t met avoid seeing them as failure, rather as a learning curve.

Get comfortable
Little things like an uncomfortable seat or a noisy environment can either cause or increase stress. Create a workspace that is comfortable and productive for you and talk to managers.

Let go of control
Some things are beyond our control, and key to reducing stress is accepting that. Instead, focus on the things you can change and influence, such as your reaction to problems.

It’s good to talk
Talking over your worries or concerns with someone you trust allows you to get the issues off your chest in a safe environment ands can reduce stress. They also might have valuable advice or help to offer.

Have a good laugh
Laughing reduces the amount of cortisol in your body (the stress hormone) and boosts endorphins. Watching a funny YouTube video over lunch or chatting with a friend could do you the world of good.

Further reading

One of the biggest challenges facing the UK’s business leaders is keeping great people. It may surprise you that your personal focus on health and wellbeing can motivate your employees and retain talent. Find out more in this special report created by Director magazine in association with Unum.

Unum has produced an infographic on how to beat stress, which includes some dietary advice to help you improve your wellbeing and boost your productivity.

The Stress Management team offers online tips on how to deal with stress. Watch this clip and you will learn why water is the ‘best stress-busting elixir on the market’.

Big White Wall is a safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other by sharing what’s troubling them, guided by trained professionals. Available 24/7, Big White Wall is completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly. Professionally trained Wall Guides ensure the safety and anonymity of all members.

Mental health in the workplace

The IoD is committed to raising awareness of mental health issues in the workplace, with a particular focus on opening up the conversation for small and medium-sized businesses. We have created a hub packed full of helpful advice, best practice and useful resources, as well as shared experiences from business leaders.

Visit our mental health in the workplace hub

Get involved in the conversation  or use the hashtag

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