International Stress Awareness Week occurs annually during the first week of November, and is organised by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA) to target stress prevention. This year’s theme is ‘resilience’.
Whether you are an Administrator or a Delivery Driver, encountering stress is unavoidable, which is why it’s so vital to recognise stress and build resilience towards it. Being adaptable and able to overcome stressful situations allows you to ultimately feel far happier in your professional life.
Stress presents itself differently in everyone, however, typically people who are stressed in work become more withdrawn, prone to making mistakes, short-tempered or unable to ‘switch off’ at the end of the day. If these symptoms last for longer than a few days, then this may be an issue that needs addressing to prevent the situation worsening.
A key part of stress management and prevention is building up your wall of resilience, which can help protect you in future stressful scenarios. Resilience allows you to take control of a situation and move forward in a positive way, which is especially useful in a work environment, where you spend so much of your time.
But how can you build resilience?
- Use setbacks as an opportunity to learn and grow further.
- Become a lifelong learner, as there is always space to discover more about your industry.
- Reflect on stressful situations and address what you could have done better.
- Don’t bear grudges, because doing so can create an uncomfortable, stressful work environment.
- Celebrate your victories and remind yourself that you are completely capable.
To discover more tips, click here to learn more about how to deal with stress in the workplace.