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Spring Stress Busters

April Stress Awareness Month is dedicated to increasing public awareness to help people better understand the causes and alleviate the pressures. Clare Emberson Pratt, Managing Director, on the importance of recognising stress in the workplace and how to manage it… 

Clare Pratt 3 June 21

Living through a global pandemic with health and job security challenges, the cost of living soaring and the breakout of war in Europe; it is no surprise that millions of us around the UK are experiencing high levels of stress. If you layer on the daily pressures of everyday ‘normal’ life against this backdrop, it is safe to say, there is a lot going on in the world right now that can cause many of us humans to be feeling like we are at breaking point.

Seek Professional Advice

Emberson has worked with Bath Mind and the team over the last few years on in-house mental health programmes for our teams to make mental health and wellbeing a priority. We understand that stress is a significant factor in mental health problems, including anxiety and depression and is also linked to many physical health problems too. We therefore believe it is very important for us all to understand what is causing us personal stress and learn what steps we can take to reduce it for ourselves and those around us.

The brilliant team at Bath Mind run regular courses for professionals in the workplace. We highly recommend Wellbeing in the Workplace and the Mental Health First Aid course for every business.

https://www.bathmind.org.uk/training/wellbeing-in-the-workplace/

https://www.bathmind.org.uk/training/mental-health-first-aid/  

Take a Walk (and Talk)

Bath CountrysideOur regular ‘Walk and Talk’ meet ups encourage our distributed team and our supply partners to schedule time together outside in nature for a regular stomp, which we all find is a very simple and effective way to combat stress and gives us all a change of scene. It can be so easy to go under the radar when you are working from home and your main point of contact with co-workers is mainly via a screen. We also schedule regular face to face meetings to grab a coffee and check-in as often as is practicable for the team. Talking openly when things are getting on top of you is a brave thing to do and something we encourage.

 

Allow Yourself a Break

The world of work has dramatically increased its pace coming out of recession, with digital enablement advancing continuously. We have multi-channel communication round the clock, which has great benefits, but can make us feel ‘switched on’ all the time.

As an employer, we have a duty of care to enable people to be able to look after themselves, so they can look after others. And this includes managing stress and uncertainty and expectations by taking time to breathe. We encourage our teams to replenish themselves by taking breaks, exploring new creative or sporty activities and switching things up during the week. Employees in return hopefully feel they can break the cycle, take charge and adopt a flexible working pattern that avoids staring at a screen all day.

My advice, find out what works for you. It’s likely it will need constant refinement until you achieve the balance required, but the important point is to try and keep working at it and not settle for the stress.

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