How to deal with stress at work

With April being Stress Awareness Month, we wanted to share our expertise on dealing with stress - everything from high-intensity moments, to long-term, unresolved episodes that lead to burnout.

Earlier this week Calmer Founder Tania Diggory and guest speaker Abigail Ireland led a session on experiencing Less Stress, More Productivity. These tips come fresh from the workshop…

What are the most common signs of stress?

Did you know, there are over 40 ways that you may experience stress? The most common are:

  • Lack of energy

  • Muscle tension or pain

  • Overeating

  • Racing thoughts

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Reduced ability to make decisions

  • Reduced immune system

  • Sleep problems

  • Sweating

  • Under-eating

  • Acne

  • Change in sex drive

  • Chronic pain

  • Constant worry

  • Depression

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Digestive problems

  • Dizziness

  • Feeling tired all the time

  • Headaches


How does stress feel?

Stress manifests itself in different ways in different people, and when connected with different situations. However, you may be feeling stressed at work when you feel:

  • Anxious

  • Fearful

  • Irritable

  • Overwhelmed

Stress can also cause a “fight or flight” snap-response to non-threatening situations. This means you may find your heart rate and adrenaline goes up when posed with a normal situation - your body is reacting differently due to the stress you are experiencing.

Can stress be good?

As Abigail Ireland explained in her workshop, a certain level of stress can actually be a good thing. We can actually enjoy stress in the form of eustress, a positive form of stress, that gives us motivation, drive, and provides us with a beneficial effect on our health and emotional wellbeing.

However, distress, the negative form of stress, is what we try to avoid. It can cause all of the above symptoms, and an accumulation of stress can lead to problems at work, running a business, or in your personal life.

How to deal with stress

No matter how you work - in a team, for a large business, or as a freelancer - stress can affect your work. Depending on your workplace environment, you may or may not feel like it’s possible to talk about your mental health - which is why we are here to support you.

If you would like to start managing your stress better, try the following steps:

Here’s to your inner and outer success,

The Calmer Team