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The Warning Signs of Stress – Are You Aware?

| Becca Clayton

April is Stress Awareness Month, a UK-wide programme of activities to increase awareness about the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.

According to the Mental Health Foundation

“74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope”.

Clearly we still have a long way to go! It really is time to act… millions of us are suffering and it is damaging to our health and our performance. 

Plus, in our new hybrid workplaces, it is more difficult than ever to spot the tell-tale signs of stress. And if you can’t spot the causes how can you help your staff to handle stress? Better still how can you manage it and prevent it?

How to Spot the Effects & Signs of Stress at Work

This is where we have to start, so it is vital that communication is maintained between staff and management, especially for those of us who are physically apart for much of our working week. This is easier said than done. This is why we recommend arranging regular 1-2-1 catch-ups with individual employees (outside of your daily team calls). This will give you an opportunity to ask them how they’re feeling and determine if there’s anything you can do (as the employer and manager) to provide them with extra support.

In some cases it may be hard for an employee to open up to their manager. For example, they may feel their job is at risk if they show signs of not being able to cope. Even if they do not talk about problems there may be signs of stress such as reduced work output, inability to concentrate, taking time off sick. Check out the physical and emotional effects below – these are NOT to be ignored!

So what are the next steps?

Would you like to equip yourself, and/or your managers, with skills to actively listen and signpost your teams?

Are you looking for support in recognising the signs of stress at work?

If so, we have the solution.

Our Stress Management Help for Managers…

After 17 years’ working with businesses to improve the mental and physical health of their staff, last year we launched our Tonic and Me app. While we don’t believe the answer to all wellbeing challenges lies purely on your phones, our app is a ultra-useful tool to keep in touch with your staff wherever they work and offer immediate help. Plus it seamlessly supports your on-site events – health checks, lifestyle assessments, workshops & reward days – as they start to resume. 

The Tonic and Me app is an integral part of the Tonic Wellbeing’s well@work programmes. As an app subscriber you have access to a plethora of assessment tools, fact sheets and pathway documents linked to physical, mental and emotional health plus lifestyle related issues. Immediate help at your finger tips from a team of experts who care.

Stress Management Tools – FREE resources…

In life there is always a solution to a problem. Not taking control or doing nothing will only make stress worse!

We recommend every one has their own toolkit, along with a positive mindset! Here are a couple of our favourite tools to get your started and see what works for you!

The Stress Curve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Yerkes-Dodson Curve (or as we call it – the Stress Curve) is a model of the relationship between stress and performance.  It proposes that we reach our peak level of performance with an intermediate level of stress, or arousal. Too little (and you become bored and unaware) or too much (and you risk anxiety and burnout), both result in poorer performance. Where do you think you are on the curve right now? Are you where you want to be?  Read more here

The Stress Bucket

One of our most popular stress management resources is the stress bucket. It is a highly effective resource. Above all, it can helps us understand the different ways we can cope with stress and demonstrates the importance of good coping strategies and self-care. To find out more about this resource please use the contact form below or email us at hello@choosetonic.co.uk and ask about the Tonic Wellbeing STRESSPROOF MY LIFE workshop.

Isn’t it time to show your support. Start your journey during #stressawarenessmonth and show your staff that you care!

How to Reassure Your Staff

With so much going on in the world right now, it’s normal for people to experience a dip in their concentration and motivation levels. Let your team know that this is okay, and continue to offer reassurance and encouragement to keep them feeling valued and listened to. Perhaps downlaod & share our poster on ‘Steps to Help Protect Yourself from Stress’ by clicking HERE!

Right now, managing our stress levels and ensuring a good work-life balance is crucial. This is because stress affects us all in different ways, so don’t let your employees suffer in silence. De-stignatise the subject. Let Tonic help. We can ensure you fulfil your duty of care obligations and support your people, your most valuable assets during this time.

Solutions start from as little as £10 per month per employee with full access to the Tonic and Me app which is packed with wellbeing resources. Enquire now about a demo of our app and a call with one of the team.

 

 

 

 


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