In 2018, a study by the Mental Health Foundation revealed that 74% of people [in the UK] have felt so stressed they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope. Stress is one of the most common mental health issues we face today, and it affects both our home lives and working lives in equal measure.
Today kicks off International Stress Awareness Week (4–8th November), and the theme this year is ‘Resilience: the power to succeed!’
Resilience is very much a workplace matter. It’s a learned skill that’s required at every level – from junior positions to the executive roles – and in every sector. It’s often falsely understood as an innate trait we either have or don’t have, but this is not the case.
The good news is, there are strategies we can adopt to improve our resilience and ability to ‘bounce back’. Here are some tips on building personal resilience and managing stress at work.
Build your own personal resilience
More often than not, resilience is about agility – the ability to be flexible and open to change. It’s harder for some than others, especially those who like routine and being in control. But the reality is, things happen in life – and the workplace – that are completely out of our control.
Every day people are experiencing set-backs at work, so how do we overcome these and move on to the next opportunity? Here are a few ways you can build your own resilience:
Manage stress at work
We’ve all experienced varying degrees of stress at work. Whether it’s struggling to manage your workload and respond to all your emails, or the threat of redundancy after a dramatic restructure. Some of us manage stress well, whereas others need to work at it.
The workplace is an ideal place for people to build resilience and manage stress. Here are a few ways you can learn to combat stress more effectively.
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