How to cope with stress at work

Everyone gets stressed.

Whether its due to pupils, parents, workload, management, paperwork or demanding hours!

The first step is to understand what things in your life are causing you stress… It all adds up!

Identify what elements of your life are causing you stress and come up with strategies to combat them..

Be proactive and manage your stress

Sometimes you will know intuitively what is causing you to be stressed. Whereas other times it may seem like everything is going wrong and you are unable to identify the cause of your stress.

If it is workload that’s causing the stress, leave it at work and use your personal time as your personal time! Learn to switch off the minute you walk out of the door and appreciate the time you have at home – those that say they have no choice but to overwork, there is a choice, you just have to be strict with yourself and others around you!

Think about how you cope (or don’t!)

Some researchers have suggested that there are two main ways to cope with stress – one way is to just get away from it all, and the other way is to worry and try to get the situation resolved as soon as possible. Some people are clearly one type or another, while others use a combination of both approaches throughout the course of their daily lives.


  • People who take this approach block out stress by blocking out their environment. This approach can help, but sometimes leads to denial and suppression. It can also be part of a tactic to avoid decision-making.


  • Many people who take this approach tend to worry and may be highly strung. They may get upset in situations they can’t control.


Learn to say no!

Many people find it hard to say “No” because they want to help and are trying to be nice and to be liked.  For others, it is a fear of conflict, rejection or missed opportunities. Remember that these barriers to saying “No” are all self-created.

Get your beauty sleep!

Did you know that a lack of sleep is a significant cause of stress? Unfortunately, stress also interrupts our sleep as thoughts keep whirling through our heads, stopping us from relaxing enough to fall asleep. So it can be a vicious circle!

Stop doing anything mentally demanding several hours before going to bed so that you give your brain time to calm down.

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