During this time, whether we are working or furloughed, we are probably dealing with issues that are out of the ordinary and are potentially causing us some stress.
Stress is the pressure you feel when you are dealing with too many issues or problems you can’t easily resolve and that play on your mind. Everyone feels stress at some point or other. It’s how you manage it that counts and contributes to your future mental wellbeing.
To manage stress, you either have to reduce your load so that you’re not overwhelmed, or build your own self resilience through other methods that work for you (or both).
Here are some practical tips for how you can manage stress:
- Set your boundaries very clearly (and here’s the important part) and stick to them! No, you won’t be answering e-mails at 11pm on a Friday – it can wait – the world isn’t going to stop without that e-mail being sent. And for that matter, if you’re not answering them, why read them? It will only play on your mind so switch them off.
- Practice closure – take some quiet time on your own to think about and recognise the thoughts in your head. Either write them down in a to do list, put them on the back burner if they’re not urgent, or complete the task straight away. If you can’t do anything about it or it’s out of your control, acknowledge it, then let it go. Do this regularly to create a sense of calm and perspective.
- Do whatever makes you happy – sing, dance, meditate, take the dog for a walk, cook listen to music, anything – but take some time every day to do something for you. Even if just for a few minutes.
- Steer clear of stimulants such as alcohol, cigarettes, chocolate, coffee, that all cause your body to produce cortisol, keeping you in a state of readiness for fight or flight – it’s not necessary. Give your mind some time out.
- Eat healthily and drink water regularly.
- Take time to stretch and build your core strength. It makes you feel good and everyday tasks feel much easier. Don’t underestimate the power of being strong and flexible.
- Focus on your breathing. When you are feeling overwhelmed, stop – focus on your breath, if your thoughts wander, let them come and go, acknowledge them and let them pass, bringing your focus back to your breath each time. In time you will find that you feel calmer and more centred.
Try a few of these techniques and let us know what works for you. We would love to hear from you.
If you would like help putting together a wellbeing strategy for your business, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.