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Top Tips on Managing Stress in the Workplace

16/05/2019 by Nandip Aulak


Mental Health Awareness Week sparks lots of conversations and campaigns around how to maintain your mental wellbeing, and one of the hot topics is around managing stress in the workplace. There will often be times where we are under pressure and, unfortunately, this is a factor that is not always in our control.

A key skill is to recognise the signs of your body when feeling stressed, as we don’t always know we are stressed until there is either a physical or mental health issue. Also, talk to someone about how you feel, whether that is a colleague, your manager or your doctor.

We are often reminded that there is not a one-solution-fits-all for tackling this issue. But what we do know is that it’s good to open up the conversation and share experiences. The more we talk about it the less taboo the subject of mental health is.

Today we are sharing insights from Suzanne Homes, from Shawbrook and Montash team members on how to manage stress:


We all need time off, even if we don't feel like it. It can be tempting just to wait until you know more about when that go-live date for your project will be. But don't fall into that trap. Project deadlines can get rescheduled many times over and the next thing you know it's been a long time since you had a break from work, and you're exhausted. Book holiday time away from work. Even if you have nothing planned or nowhere to go, get the time booked off in the calendar.

Lack of sleep can accelerate the path to burn out. Try to be strict with yourself and stick to a routine where you can get 7-8 hours sleep regularly. I use a schedule on my phone to automatically turn on the blue light filter after a certain time at night - it really does seem to make a difference.

For those who are interested in an insightful read, my favourite self-help author is Brian Tracy. His books around goal setting and achievement gave me the kick start I needed at challenging times.


One thing I do is to plan and organise my workload. I also make sure I prioritise each day. This may sound simple but, through doing this, I ensure that I am not only being effective and reaching my deliverables but I am also reducing the potential of work stress. Stakeholder management is also key; saying no when a deadline is not realistic is good work management for you and the business. I also always take a lunch break. This ensures I get time away from the screen and enjoy some fresh air.


Be part of the conversation around mental health and share your top tips on how you manage stress. One thing I’ve also learned on the way to relieving stress is asking for help. Many people think that when you ask for help from your colleagues or your friends, it means that you can’t do the job. For me that’s not really it, asking for help is a way of learning and getting assistance at the same time, and doing the job efficiently. It’s not a sign of weakness or incapability.

Take a break! Reward yourself! I always make sure that I do this. Whether it’s having lunch/dinner with my colleagues after a long week of work or jetting off for a weekend break with family and friends.

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