April marked the start of Stress Awareness Month, and here at Vyou, stress is a topic we take very seriously.
Its inevitable we all experience varying levels of stress throughout our working lives, however persistent and excessive amounts of stress can lead to burnout, or even sometimes - depression.
We want to steer everyone clear of both eventualities, and to help you do so, we have devised a self-reflection exercise for you to follow (or not follow, your call) to help you understand what's next for you on your journey to a happier working life.
Well grab a coffee (or drink of some kind) and sip away; it's time for some stress related self-reflection:
What triggers stress for you at work? Do you feel overwhelmed by workload, deadlines, or conflicts with colleagues? Do you have trouble disconnecting from work when you're off the clock? Take some time to identify the sources of stress in your work life.
Do you take breaks throughout the day to recharge and reset? Are you able to prioritise tasks and delegate where possible? Do you have a support network of colleagues or friends to talk to when you're feeling overwhelmed? Acknowledge what you're already doing well and think about what other strategies you can incorporate.
Can you make sure you're getting enough sleep and exercise outside of work? Can you bring healthy snacks to work instead of relying on vending machines? Can you take regular breaks to stretch, meditate, or take a walk? Make a list of actions you can take to promote wellbeing throughout your workday.
Can you provide more resources for employees to manage stress, such as an employee assistance program or a wellness program? What about workplace coaching? Or evenimplementing policies like flexible work hours or remote work options to promote work-life balance? Consider ways you can make a positive impact on your employees, your workplace culture and environment.
Remember that improving your stress levels at work takes time and effort, but investing in your own wellbeing is worth it. With consistent self-reflection and action, you can create a healthier, more balanced work life for yourself and those around you.
Did you know Vyou can help you with that?
It's true! We have worked with a number of businesses, to help tackle burnout, stress and other rapid growth related problems. If you're interested in how we did it, sign-up to our newsletter and we'll tell you all about how we helped businesses improve their workplace culture and watch their team's engagement soar!
After all, happiness is good for business.