5 tips on how to deal with stress at work
We live in a world that thrives on overwork culture. Burnout is perceived as a success factor, time off is for the weak, boundaries between personal and professional life are slowly vanishing. In a fast-paced world, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to slow down.
As May is mental health awareness month, we want to bring forth our tips for dealing with stress at work.
# Understand where it comes from
Stress is a response to various factors that you come across, also known as stressors. If you understand the chemical reactions happening in your brain and body, it will be easier to identify the stressors and to figure out how to tackle them.
Juggling between emails, meetings, deadlines, Trello boards and Slack messages can take up a lot of your working hours. However, if you prioritise your work by setting goals and identifying your needs, it will make life a lot much easier. Together with our manager, we set SMART goals on a quarterly basis in Signicat for our personal and professional development. You know what they say – the key is not to prioritise what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
# Ask for help
Whether it’s from your colleagues, your manager or a professional counsellor or therapist, it’s always better to reach out to someone than to try to handle it all on your own. Don't be afraid to seek help – it can help you both in the short and long term.
That’s right, there’s no need to overwhelm your brain with multitasking, as research has shown that we’re actually not that good at it. Of course, we work in an agile way and need to constantly reiterate, but it’s important to keep your focus. Try utilising longer periods of time to focus on a single task – turn off those Slack notifications or even block time off in your calendar to get an even better sense of being in control.
# Pick up a healthy habit
Whether it’s working out, meditating or practicing mindfulness, don’t forget to incorporate a healthy habit into your daily routine. You’ll notice right away the benefits for both your mental and physical health.
At Signicat, we dedicate special attention to having the right balance between work and personal life and fostering a great place to work. We promote flex time, we work hybrid, and we offer generous paid time off to rest and recharge. We constantly measure the engagement of our employees, and we have monthly discussions throughout all teams in Signicat to ensure that we, as a team and company, address potential pain points and stressors and act towards their improvement. Want to see for yourself?
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