How to Manage Stress at Work

Misery loves company: a 2014 study reported that approximately 73% of workers manage a mental health condition related to work-related stress. And not surprisingly, workload is the biggest cause of stress.

Vacations play an important role in maintaining your work-life balance, but they’re not enough. You need to instill weekly, and even daily, practices within your team to make sure that you’re coping with stress in a healthy way. No pressure, but here are some ways to maintain your sanity (and your team’s patience) when you’re going through crunch time:

  1. Make sure you have the right mindset to handle stress at work. You may not be able to change your work situation right away, but you can change how you react to it. Executive coach Katia Verresen has identified six ways to encourage an abundant mindset, in which you act from a place of control and adaptability. The first step is to diagnose whether your team is operating from an abundant or scarce mindset.

  2. Encourage gratitude at the office. A simple “thank you” can keep colleagues motivated. When Betabrand realized that only 10% of its employees thanked their co-workers on a regular basis, they incorporated a time to give “props” during their weekly meetings. Find out the five ways this improved their workplace.

  3. When things do get stressful, talk it out. A study published in the American Psychosomatic Society’s journal found that providing support to your colleagues (not just receiving it) has positive effects. So make sure you’re encouraging a habit of stress release for the entire team. Here are three ways to encourage it with your group.

  4. Last but not least, don’t cheat on sleep. It might seem like cutting into your sleep is the only way to get everything done, but your performance will suffer: when sleepy on the job, 65% of people have difficulty handling stress, 57% have difficulty listening, 38% have difficulty relating to others, and 58% struggle with decision making. If you’re having difficulty unwinding at the end of the work day, try these four strategies.


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