The Modern Day Holy Grail… Leading a Stress-Free Working Life
The total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2014/15 was 440,000 cases, a prevalence rate of 1380 per 100,000 workers. Ref: -HSE. While in many cases you can’t change your workplace, the way workplace stressors effect you can be dramatically improved with how you decide to react.
Self-help and coping strategies such as yoga, gardening, walking and the mental health buzz word of the minute, mindfulness can all provide effective distraction. Supportive help, such as CBT or talking therapies are also a valued tool in lessoning the effects of workplace stress.
Is a stress-free working life in today’s modern age attainable? When stress can often hit you before leaving the bed, with the evil blinking red eye from your blackberry flashing away… The answer, yes. Here’s how:
If a job’s worth doing… Prioritise your ‘to-do’ list and tackle each item on the list one at a time. Concentrating on just one job will free your mind to focus on the task in hand, and to get it right first time. This will save time later down the line on correcting potential mistakes made in haste.
Memory games. It’s best not to play them. Some days your memory may be like a locked vault, but some days it may be like a leaky bucket. Changeable in nature, it’s best not to rely on memory. Get into the habit of always writing everything down and you won’t go far wrong. Your mind will feel freer, your well-being less fretful about forgetting and your work will be reliable also.
Tick Tock… Time management is one of those ever evolving workplace skills that requires effort and tweaking. The basics are great. Prioritise your workload, create a ‘to-do’ list, section an achievable task amount for your working day etc. But then, you get a call/email/person stood at your desk that takes up an hour. Don’t panic! Try building in an hour of ‘free-time’ during your day. Always better to over-achieve than over-promise. You should see your free-time as a buffer for the unknown, or an opportunity to blitz and multitask through the little jobs or even get ahead on the next day’s work.