Managing Stress and Anxiety in the Workplace
Stress and anxiety in the workplace is an immensely important issue that affects us all – one way or another. Whether you’re struggling with it personally, or you know of a colleague who is feeling particularly stressed, distressed, or anxious, it’s your responsibility to remain self-aware, be honest with yourself, and take action. In a recent article on stress management entitled “Beyond Stressed: A Lawyers Guide to Managing Mental Health”, the author, Elizabeth A. Colombo, uncovers, and shares the stark reality, that one in three lawyers suffer from a mental illness. She focuses on how in-house counsel can seek help for, and prioritize their mental health. But, the stress management techniques discussed in the article can be applicable to everyone suffering with a related mental illness.
Of significant importance – on this topic – is the fact that many people who are suffering with a mental illness, keep it to themselves for fear of being judged, fear of being let go, or fear of being vulnerable. One of the key take-aways in the article was the fact that it is important to ask for help when you feel like you might be struggling. The article provides some tools to help you cope, and lends the following vital advice to anyone in need of direction or support:
“If any of your symptoms are unrelenting and unusual, if you are abusing substances or have violent thoughts about harming yourself or others, please seek help from a professional immediately.”
In addition to seeking help, taking control of your reactions to stress triggers and practicing specific actions to manage your stress levels, can be highly effective. Here’s a closer look at the article:
Examples of Poor Mental Health:
- Being stressed or overwhelmed – could be caused by work, relationships, school, finances, etc.
- Feeling sad over a loss
- Feeling anxious due to an obligation such as a test, important meeting, or event
- Feelings of being unfulfilled due to a lack of self-care
- Experiencing compassion fatigue or burnout
How can we Take Care of our Mental Health:
- Practice gratitude – focus on the things in your life that you are grateful for
- Practice mindfulness – try grounding techniques and being present in the moment
- Take time for the things that matter to you – hobbies, reading, getting out in nature, etc.
- Engage in social interactions – laughing with friends and spending time with loved ones
- Participate in physical resiliency activities such as exercise, sports, or going for walks
How can Gowan Consulting Help?
Gowan Consulting has many resources for assisting with managing mental health in the workplace. We’re in a new era of inspiring positive change surrounding mental health in the workplace, and we want to talk about it, understand it, and be open about it!
- Check out our Mental Health and Return to Work Workshop, occurring September 24th and 25th, 2019 in Mississauga ON.
- Check out our extensive array of Mental Health webinars, on topics such as resiliency, breaking the stigma, mindfulness and more!
- Seek out Occupational Therapy intervention to assist in facilitating a reactivation treatment program, a return to work and stay at work plan.
For more on all we have to offer, contact us! We want to help make the difference in your healthy business!
“Beyond Stressed: A Lawyers Guide to Managing Mental Health”, the author, Elizabeth A. Colombo, https://www.accdocket.com/articles/lawyer-guide-to-managing-mental-health.cfm