When you find yourself stressed, ask yourself one question: Will this matter in 5 years from now? If yes, then do something about the situation. If no, then let it go.

A good work-life balance is one of the most important considerations for people looking for jobs these days and organisations need to find ways to help their employees mange stress if they want to retain them and ensure that they are productive in their role.

According to the Stress Management Society, prolonged stress undoubtedly makes people ill. It is now known to contribute to heart disease, hypertension and high blood pressure, it affects the immune system, is linked to strokes, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), ulcers, diabetes, muscle and joint pain, miscarriage, allergies, alopecia and even premature tooth loss.

Stress can manifest itself in many different ways, but usually always in a negative manner and often in the weakest part of our physiology or character.

Physical symptoms can include: fatigue, muscular tension, headaches, heart palpitations, sleeping difficulties, gastrointestinal upsets and dermatological disorders

Psychological symptoms can include: depression, anxiety, irritability, feelings of being overwhelmed and unable to cope and a reduced ability to concentrate or make decisions.

Behavioural symptoms can include aggression and a drop in work performance. Are you constantly taking sick days or maybe you have a feeling of isolation or find that you have constant mood swings?

There are techniques that can be learnt to effectively manage workplace stress, to improve productivity and personal well-being.

The NHS UK recommends things that you can do that may help:

  • share your problems with family or friends
  • make more time for your interests and hobbies
  • take a break or holiday
  • take some regular exercise and make sure you’re eating healthily
  • make sure you’re getting enough sleep (see tips on better sleep)

If you’ve tried these self-help techniques and they still don’t work, try our training course led by an expert in stress management techniques.

BC Training’s one-day course will enable you to manage your own pressure and stressful situations more effectively. By understanding what stress is, how it is caused, how it may manifest and some techniques for dealing with it, you will be able to undertake your work more effectively and with a greater degree of personal satisfaction.