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Stress can affect us both mentally and physically. If left untreated, it can even be life-threatening, which is why it is so important to be able to recognise stress and look after yourself by managing these feelings.
Stress is defined as “a state of mental or emotional strain resulting from an adverse or demanding circumstance”.
Stress is something that I am sure we’re all familiar with, it is the body’s reaction to feeling threatened or under pressure. In small doses, it can be useful and motivational. However, too much stress or prolonged exposure to stress can affect your wellbeing and eventually cause burnout.
Stress should never be seen as a weakness as everyone experiences stress differently, and we all have our own tolerance levels for stress. It is generally caused when we feel we don’t have the resources to handle the challenges we face. However, the thing with stress is that, generally, once the thing causing the stress is no longer a problem, the feeling of stress passes.
Stress isn’t always caused by negative events, but even positive life events can leave us feeling lost and out of control of the situation and therefore stressed.
Some examples of causes of stress are:
Stress manifests itself differently for everyone, and the below graphic shows examples of how stress can show up. You may experience many of these symptoms or just a couple. You may not even realise you’re displaying some of these symptoms and only become aware when someone else mentions them.
If some of these symptoms sound pretty familiar to you, there are various ways to manage stress, both now and in the future. Managing stress is hard, and what works for you won’t necessarily be the same for someone else, but some good starting points are:
A certain level of stress is normal. However, if none of these tips is working and you feel as though it is unmanageable, talk to your GP or another healthcare professional. They will be able to help.
In 2020/21, stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 50% of all work-related ill health cases.
Stress within your team, in general, may include increased staff turnover, decreased performance, increased sickness absence etc., so it is important to take a holistic view when looking for signs of stress. Being proactive and looking after the well-being of your team can improve performance, reduce sick days and presenteeism, improve colleague relationships and generally lead to a happier workforce.
Being able to recognise the signs of stress in your employees will allow you to act early and hopefully reduce the impact of the pressure they are feeling having a Wellbeing team within your business, made up of both mental health first aiders and wellbeing champions will enable you to provide support to your employees so that fewer people are reaching crisis point.
Having Mental Health First Aiders within your business would provide an alternative outlet for your staff to express their issues to someone who may not be their direct line manager – this often puts staff at ease when discussing sensitive matters.
The 2-day course covers many mental health issues that may become apparent in the workplace. It focuses on how to deal with someone at a crisis point, how to communicate with them and then how to signpost them to local and national support agencies.
This 1-day course trains employees to be wellbeing advocates in the workplace. They gain the knowledge and practical tools to promote mental, physical, social and financial wellbeing whilst driving engagement.
To find out more information or discuss your training needs, talk to our Training Team by calling 01427 420 405 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.