It’s International Women’s Day - a chance to celebrate the achievements of women across the globe, as well as to raise awareness of the problems face in their everyday lives.
Whether you’re trying to keep on top of your workload, struggling with low mood, or juggling work with family commitments, the pressures of working life can take its toll. According to a survey conducted by Forth with Life, 85% of UK adults experience stress regularly, with 42% of women feeling as if they are too stressed throughout their day to day life.
Managing stress isn't just vital for your wellbeing, but it's essential for your health and safety. To help you cope better, we’ve compiled a list of coping strategies below:
There are times when you’d be asked to organise a leaving do or a birthday collection. On days when you’re filled to the brim with priority work tasks, you may feel bad about seeing this as a hindrance, then a fulfilling task. And even worse to say “No”.
But believe it or not, saying “No” is vital for your health and happiness, which in turn is vital for your ability to function well, both at work and at home. By saying declining requests lower down on your priority list, you are opening up your time to focus on priority tasks and make sure these are done well.
Change your perspective
There’s a good quote we’ve found: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think.”
There are times when a job can make you feel so unhappy, you decide to leave to find a change in pace. However, if you find your job fulfilling, then changing jobs would be the last thing on your mind. That’s not to say that it will come with some degree of stress. In such cases, you can minimise stress by changing the way you look at things. Instead of seeing something as a “threat”, see it as a “challenge”. Or instead of seeing something as a “crisis”, see it as an “opportunity”.
It may sound hard, it’s worth investing in changing the way you think because but when you don’t see something as a threat, your body’s stress response is deactivated more quickly.
Eat your veggies
Fruit and vegetables are not only good for your skin and physical health, but also for your mental health. According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, moderate daily fruit and vegetable consumption is associated with lower rates of psychological stress.
Eating three-to-four daily servings of only vegetables was linked to a 12 per cent drop in stress risk, whilst eating five-to-seven servings of vegetables and fruit was linked to a 14 percent drop. However, eating only fruit didn’t have any impact on stress levels at all, so make sure your diet is a mix of both fruit and veg.
Calm your mind with breathing techniques
Many of you will have already heard of the benefits of yoga and breathing exercises. Some may dismiss it as too boring, which is fine, as there are other methods to relieve stress. However, breathing exercises are known to decrease the effects of stress.
When your stress response is triggered, it can be difficult to think clearly and logically. When you’re not thinking clearly, more stress is triggered making it easy for you to make mistakes, which in turn cause more stress.
Exercise is well-known to reduce stress, as it releases feel-good chemicals in the brain such as endorphins, which in turn trigger a positive feeling in the body that’s similar to morphine.
It can also serve as an outlet for stress and frustrations. Sitting at home can cause you to overthink, so getting out onto a footpath for a run or into a gym for an hour on the treadmill can help keep your mind distracted and refreshed in a new environment.
Keep a gratitude journal
According to a study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, writing in a gratitude journal improves sleep and you only need spend 15 minutes writing to enjoy better quality sleep, which in turn improves your mood.
Gratitude also curbs a number of toxic emotions, including envy, resentment, frustration and regret. Furthermore, grateful people experience fewer aches and pains, have better health and are able to appreciate the achievements of others, leading to better wellbeing.
Interested in pursuing a career in health and safety? Or do you already work as a health and safety professional? If so, training is an absolute must to enter and progress within your career. At Libben, we offer a number of health and safety courses, including NEBOSH, IOSH, Health and Safety Awareness, CITB, the Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) and the Site Management Safety Training (SMSTS).
We offer training in venues in Walsall, Warrington, Bristol, Nottingham and London. Contact us for more information.
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