Tips for employees
Some strategies for managing workplace stress can include:
- Taking regular breaks
- Learning how to act rather than react – we experience stress when we feel situations are out of our control
- Taking a deep breath – a few minutes of deep breathing can help restore balance if you are feeling stressed; there are some great tools to help with this at QuietKit. (external link)
- Minimizing interruptions – make a plan to control regular interrupters, for example, only answer emails during certain windows of time
- Eating and sleeping well
- Keeping physically fit by doing regular exercise.
Visit WorkSafe New Zealand to see their resources on identifying and managing stress (external link) .
www.whss.govt.nz – an updated strategy for raising and dealing with workplace health and safety
www.backcare.org.uk – reducing the risks and ergonomic assessments
www.rsi.org.uk – information and treatment of RSI
www.stress.org.uk – stress management options
www.nccam.nih.gov – information on various complementary and alternative medicines and practices
www.healthnavigator.org.nz Stress at Work