Mental Health: Handling Stress in the Workplace

Did you know May is Mental Health Awareness Month?

We know work can take a toll on your mental health so we decided to create a list of tips and tricks you can do at home and at your workplace to help handle any stress and anxiety you might be experiencing.

 

 

Track Your Stressors

First and foremost it’s important to recognize what is causing you stress in order to deal with it. Ever notice how morning meetings cause your heart to speed up? Are you constantly worrying about your next project? Compile a list of what makes you the most anxious. This can help you tackle future stressors head-on.

 

Try Breathing Exercises

Don’t have time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air? A good alternative would be some breathing exercises right at your desk. YouTube is a great source to use. If you’re feeling stressed shut your door, turn on some relaxing music, and try some deep breathing.

 

 

Brighten Up Your Office

Personally, I’m a fan of fresh flowers. I think they really brighten up any space and have a very calming effect especially in a small work space. Another way to enhance your office would be to add a calming fragrance. I suggest lavender or a fresh linen scent for your work space. Both have a calming effect and won’t be too overpowering.

 

 

Take Your Breaks

This is a big one. For many people, stress and anxiety happen because they are feeling overwhelmed with their workload. If that’s the case take a few minutes to step away, decompress, and clear your mind of work related issues.

 

 

Go For A Walk

It’s crazy what a little bit of fresh air can do for your mood and mindset. If you have a few minutes take some time to step outside and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. I promise you will not regret it.

 

 

Be Prepared

Don’t feel like you have enough hours in a day? Utilize the time you may have away from work as much as you can. Relax, plan, and prepare. A few simple things I like to do on a Sunday night that alleviates stress during the week are to plan out my outfits for the week and prep my lunches. This saves me a lot of time, stress, and anxiety once work starts again on Monday.

 

 

Eat Right And Sleep Well

I cannot stress this point enough. It’s easy to get caught up in late night frozen meals and fast food lunches but eating right will absolutely make you feel more vibrant and awake. Sleep is also so so important for your mental health. Try to get into a routine where you’re going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. Sleeping well will help you stay alert, awake, and on top of your game.

 

Here at CNE, we know how stressful work can be. We also know that our tips may not help every person in every situation but mental health is important and we hope at least some of our tips can help you!

 

 

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