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  • Writer's pictureMyriam Robitaille

Stress: recognize it and act

The professional world, although emotionally rewarding, can sometimes put us in a state of constant stress. Learning to recognize the signs of workplace stress is the crucial first step to maintaining balanced mental health. In this article, let's look generally at the signs and some tools to help minimize the negative impact on mental health.


When someone tells us they are stressed, what does that mean?





Recognize


Sleep disturbances can signal excessive stress at work.


Changes in eating habits, such as overeating or losing your appetite, may reflect underlying stress.


Chronic fatigue can be a sign of persistent mental tension. Irritability and impatience may indicate increased pressure.


Difficulty concentrating may be due to constant work-related thoughts.


Act


Take Breathing Breaks: Take short breaks to breathe deeply. This calms the nervous system and instantly reduces stress.

Manage Your Time: Organize your tasks realistically. Set priorities to avoid feeling overwhelmed.


Exercise Regularly: Exercise releases endorphins, happy hormones, which help counter the effects of stress.


Communicate Openly: Share your concerns with your colleagues or superiors. Open communication promotes an understanding work environment.


Avoid Screens After Work: Give yourself time away from screens after work.





Avoid responding to work emails outside of office hours.

Integrate Mindfulness Practices: Integrate mindfulness practices into your daily routine. Meditation or mindfulness can significantly reduce stress.


Seek Professional Support: If stress persists, consider seeing a mental health professional or using support resources made available by your company.


Recognizing and managing workplace stress is a vital skill for promoting optimal mental health. By integrating one or more of these simple strategies into your daily life, you will be better equipped to face challenges with calm and resilience. Remember, your well-being is the key to a lasting and fulfilling career. Do not hesitate to contact us for more detailed training on the subject or to be in contact with one of our specialists.

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