Stress Management & Self-help Techniques
June 27, 2018
by Joshua Cook

Stress Management & Self-help Techniques

Stress is inevitably present in the workplace, but it can also affect your quality of life or your physical and mental health, it’s important to take steps to manage this stress! Below are a few tips, tricks and resources to help reduce the stress in your life.

#1 – Recognise warning signs and triggers

We all respond differently to situations, and stress can be seen in a variety of symptoms. These can include:

  • Visible tension
  • Weight gain/loss
  • Short temper
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue/feeling dizzy, lightheaded or faint
  • Headaches/backaches

If you notice any of these symptoms, or feel that stress is severely impacting on your work or personal life, you may wish to consider checking out services such as healthdirect. Healthdirect is a free Australian health service that can help you figure out the best next step if stress or anxiety is impacting your day-to-day life. Simply enter your symptoms and if the diagnosis is stress, you can speak to your doctor about some potential remedies, or contact an organisation like Breakthru to get help with emotional wellbeing.

#2 – Learn to manage your stress at work

Whether it’s consciously limiting the number of extra hours you stay behind (unpaid) at work, or taking regular breaks, there are lots of little ways to decrease your stress levels at work! Consider taking a series of shorter breaks throughout the day (within reason), making sure to leave your desk for lunch or even hitting the gym for a quick session in your break – refocusing can be a great way to reduce your stress in the office! Eating healthy foods and ensuring that a break entails more than just caffeine can also help lessen stress. Know that it is OK to say “No”, and set realistic deadlines to minimise the unnecessary stress in your work life.

#3 – Take time for yourself

Find something you enjoy doing, and make time to do it! Walking, running, riding a bike, hiking, swimming, reading a good book, watching a movie or even visiting a local museum, exhibition or café are all great ways to unwind and relax. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep, and try to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day – particularly in the early morning. Reduce caffeine, alcohol and nicotine, where possible.

Try to stay connected with friends, family and loved ones. Take time to reach out and have a chat, schedule a catch-up or send a message via social media. Joining a local community group or volunteering with a charity is also a great way to reduce stress while also giving back and making new friends.

#4 – Consider changing it up!

Are you feeling stuck, as well as stressed, in your current job? Maybe it’s time for a change! Here at Breakthru, we are committed to supporting your future, your way. We can support you one-on-one or in partnership with carers, families and other health professionals, to develop and implement a recovery plan tailored to meet your specific preferences. Check out our emotional wellbeing page for more information.

Looking for some more resources? Try:

If you or anyone you know needs urgent help or information regarding mental health, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyond blue on 1300 224 636. In an emergency, contact 000.

About the author

Joshua Cook

Holding dual degrees in Business Marketing and Commerce Accounting, Josh brings more than half a decade of experience to his role as National Marketing Manager at Breakthru, based in Brisbane, Queensland. His life's journey has uniquely equipped him to serve in this vital position. Raised alongside his younger sister Katey, who has Down Syndrome, Josh has gained an intimate understanding of the challenges and societal stigmas associated with disabilities. This personal connection fuels his commitment to the mission of Breakthru - to empower individuals like Katey to access the resources and support they require to live fulfilling lives. Through his role at Breakthru, Josh aims to break down the barriers and dismantle the misconceptions that often surround people with disabilities.

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