Stress Awareness Month 2023: Managing Workplace Stress

5 April 2023

The workplace can be a major source of stress for many people. Managing and preventing stress in the workplace is crucial for maintaining good mental health and overall well-being.

“I get stressed when things get out of perspective – too much work on my plate, thinking too far ahead.”

Here are some strategies that can help:

1. Set boundaries:
Setting boundaries is essential for managing stress in the workplace. Learn to say no to unrealistic demands, delegate tasks when possible, and take breaks throughout the day to recharge and refocus. It’s also important to establish a work-life balance and avoid taking work home with you.

2. Practice mindfulness:
Mindfulness meditation is a great way to manage stress in the workplace. Taking just a few minutes each day to focus on your breath and observe your thoughts can help you stay calm and centred, even during busy or stressful times. You can practice mindfulness during your lunch break or before a big meeting to help calm your nerves.

3. Exercise:
Exercise is a great stress reliever and can help you stay focused and energised throughout the day. Even a quick walk during your lunch break or some stretching exercises at your desk can make a big difference in reducing stress levels.

4. Take breaks:
Taking short breaks throughout the day can help you recharge and refocus. Consider taking a walk outside or simply getting up from your desk to stretch or move around. You’ll be surprised at how much less stressed and more productive you can be when you take regular breaks.

5. Prioritise self-care:
Taking care of yourself is crucial for managing stress in the workplace. Make time for activities that you enjoy, such as hobbies or spending time with loved ones. Make sure to get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, and stay hydrated. By practicing self-care regularly, you can improve your ability to manage stress and reduce the negative impact it has on your physical and mental health. When we’re stressed, it’s easy to neglect our self-care needs, which can make us feel even more overwhelmed and anxious.

6. Seek support:
If you’re struggling with stress in the workplace, don’t hesitate to seek support. Talk to your supervisor or a colleague that you trust, or consider seeking professional help from a mental health provider such as Derbyshire Mind or Talking Therapies. There are many resources available to help you manage stress and maintain good mental health in the workplace.

It’s important that employers recognise the impact of workplace stress on their employees and take steps to address it. This can include providing support and resources for employees, promoting a positive work environment, and offering opportunities for work-life balance. Employees can also take steps to manage their own stress, such as setting boundaries and practicing self-care to help you manage stress and stay healthy in the workplace. Remember, taking care of yourself is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.


Derbyshire Mind can help: If you are experiencing symptoms of stress and would like to receive one-to-one support, including help to build your own workplace stress management toolkit, why not refer yourself to our Supported Self Help Service. The six-week guided self help service is free to adults in Derby and Derbyshire. Click Here to find out more and make a self-referral.