Managing stress

If you are facing stress at work, you are not alone. Mental health charity Mind estimates that one in six employees in the UK is experiencing stress-related depression or anxiety at any given time. This page offers some guidance on managing stress. You may also want to consider speaking with someone outside of the situation. They won’t be able to ‘fix’ the problem for you – only you can do that – but having a friend or colleague to go to when things become overwhelming will only make you feel better. You might also like to speak with a qualified counsellor in confidence. Before you start your journey, why not complete a short assessment to get a rating on your perceived level of stress?

Cohen perceived stress scale

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    Understanding burnout

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    Many of us use the term burnout to describe feeling fed-up or stressed. But burnout goes well beyond that, and at its most severe can cause us to feel unable to respond to even the most basic of tasks. Anyone can reach burnout but there are steps that you can take to avoid it all together.

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    Understanding stress and why it’s important to address it early

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    One common myth surrounding stress is that it’s an illness. Unchecked, sustained stress of any kind can cause us to develop mental and physical health problems which is why it’s so important to address stress before it overwhelms you.

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    Managing your stress during COVID-19

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    Stress is a chemical response. Regardless of the stimuli, internal, external or environmental, our human response is always the same. Learn about the locus of control and how you can manage your stress levels while you are at home.

  • Personal resilience

    21 things to help manage stress and build resilience

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    Resilient people tend to display a number of common behaviours and attitudes, all of which can be learned and practised throughout life. Building your resilience levels can help you to manage stress effectively and get the best out of life, even when things are tough. 

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    Stress management techniques: tips for staying well every day

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    When we’re in ‘a good place’ physically and emotionally, we’re more likely to address stress proactively and with a clear head. Learn about the daily stress management techniques that you can adopt to stay well.

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    Your wellbeing assessment

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    Complete our short wellbeing assessment which will provide you with a personalised wellbeing rating based on your responses and will assist you in identifying the help that might be available to support your mental wellbeing.

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    Tactics to combat stress at work

    Learn to recognise the areas of stress at work we can control and do something about, and discover six tactics to employ to alleviate that stress and put things into perspective.

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    Tips for ways to unwind and relieve stress

    In this video, the Well Cast presenter offers some simple everyday solutions that we can easily incorporate into our everyday lives to help promote relaxation and relieve stress.

  • The science behind stress

    How to make stress your friend

    While stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that how you think about stress matters and that it may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case.

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    How to turn busy into balance

    Life coach Sara Cameron explores being busy, why we become busy, and what we can do to feel less overwhelmed and more balanced.

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    Stress at work

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    Looking after your health and wellbeing is about looking after the whole of you. We are working with Turning Point to offer access to online information and advice along with evidence-based structured interventions on a range of wellbeing topics covering mind, body and behaviour.

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