Below are a number of practical tips for managing stress in your workplace:

Define your regular hours of work: 
Try and stick to these as much as possible, as working too many hours can increase stress, fatigue and burnout. Make sure you schedule in annual leave on a regular basis.

Schedule work activities: Take your wellbeing into consideration when scheduling your work. Give yourself a break after periods of intense effort by scheduling less work or some time off. Whenever possible, schedule meetings within usual working hours, and take regular breaks during your working day. Getting away from your job for even a short period can make a big difference.

Stress management techniques: Learn and put into practice stress management and reduction techniques. There are a number of online stress management programs on our website. These programs are self-directed and free, which makes it easier to fit them into your schedule.

Define the problem: Use a structured problem-solving process to assist you to clearly define the problem, come up with a potential solution and to break the solution down into manageable steps. This way you are responding to tangible difficulties rather than vague worries, which should help to enhance your sense of control.

Practice relaxation techniques: Techniques including meditation, yoga, or deep breathing can assist you managing stress.

Say ‘no’ or delegate: It’s important to manage expectations and set realistic deadlines with your clients and any staff. When your work demands greatly exceed your available resources, sometimes the best course of action to maintain your wellbeing is to say “no” or think about who else you could delegate to.

Think differently: The way we think about or interpret difficulties can add to the sense of pressure we experience. It can make a difference if we identify and challenge unhelpful thinking patterns, and work towards replacing them with more positive, problem-solving approaches.

Develop and maintain good habits: Eating well, catching up with friends and staying active can make a positive difference to how you manage during stressful times.

Talk to your EAP Assist Counsellor: An essential component of stress management is knowing when to ask for extra help and how to access it. If you notice that your level of stress is starting to interfere with your ability to manage, or you experience a combination of stress signs for more than a couple of weeks, talk to your counsellor.