- Almost half of UK workers experience severe stress at work
- Women and young workers are more vulnerable to work stress
- Only 23 percent of UK employees say they have a plan to prevent burnout in their workplace
The term burnout is bandied about at will these days, but that doesn’t mean it should be dismissed as a passing workplace fad.
In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) lists burnout as a workplace phenomenon that results in chronic workplace stress that manifests as feelings of exhaustion or fatigue, negativity or detachment from your job and its responsibilities, and less productive employees.
And while it’s not technically a medical condition, anyone who has suffered from burnout can attest that recovering from it is no mean feat.
According to a recent study, 46 percent of UK workers experience severe stress at work and only 23 percent of those surveyed said their employer has a plan to prevent burnout in the workplace.
As with many ailments, physical or mental, prevention is better than cure, and the best way to overcome burnout is to keep it at bay. Easier said than done, but detailed below are well-being hacks that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety.
The best part? They can be easily incorporated into your existing routine and some can even be completed during your daily commute.
Almost half of UK workers experience severe stress at work
Take a breath
It may seem obvious, but the way you breathe has a huge impact on your stress levels.
From shallow breathing that constricts your diaphragm to breathing through your mouth instead of deeply through your nose, improper breathing can increase your heart rate, which has a direct impact on your stress and anxiety levels.
Instead, try more mindful breathing by taking deep breaths through your nose and holding these breaths for three to five seconds before exhaling fully through your mouth. Not only will your heart rate stabilize, you’ll also stabilize your blood pressure.
Blocking out external noise and focusing on some guided meditation can have a profound effect on stress levels. An easy way to do this is through an app like Headspace or Tranquility, both of which offer guided meditations.
Both are ideal for beginners and those more familiar with meditation practice, and can track your new habit to give you an idea of how you’re progressing.
It may seem obvious, but the way you breathe has a huge impact on your stress levels
Whether you take the bus, train or tube or drive to work, getting a few extra steps on your morning commute can instantly reduce stress levels and set you up for your workday.
Get off a couple of stops early, park further away, or plan a different route that involves walking entirely through the park or by the river. Spending more time in nature has been found to help improve mental health problems, including anxiety, while ecotherapy, a formal therapy that involves completing activities outside in nature, can help treat depression.
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