Work-related stress is considered to be a major problem. The latest LFS (Labour Force Survey) estimates show that during in 2014/15, there were 440,000 cases of work-related anxiety, depression or stress. A total of 234,000 cases were new cases. These estimates also showed that work-related stress, anxiety and depression accounted for a staggering 35 per cent of all cases of work-related illness. It’s time to look at how to reduce your work stress levels.
How to reduce your work stress levels
Free time activities to help reduce your work stress levels basically include any activities you enjoy, from cooking, reading a book or gardening to participating in extreme sports and anything in between.
Some activities that are considered to be particularly effective in helping to reduce your work stress levels include:
- Walking, jogging and running
- Swimming and other physical exercise
- Mindfulness, meditation, breathing and relaxation techniques
- Listening to music, anything from soothing tunes to head-banging rock, whatever suits you most, or nature sounds
- Spending quality time with your family
- Sharing your feelings with others
Having a really good laugh also helps to relieve stress at work. Why not watch your favourite comedy or spend time with people who make you laugh?
How to reduce work stress levels in the workplace
At work, you can help reduce your work stress levels by:
- Informing your employer if you believe work pressure is putting you or others at risk of stress-related ill health
- Suggesting ways in which stress may be alleviated through reorganisation of work
- Informing your employer if you are suffering from any apparently long-term medical condition that may affect your ability to perform daily tasks
- Discussing any possible reasonable adjustments that may assist you in performing your duties
Your employer and your work stress levels
The 1974 Health & Safety at Work Act and the 1999 Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations place a responsibility onto your employer to ensure your health, welfare and safety. This includes minimising any potential risks of stress-related conditions and injuries as much as it includes minimising the risk of accidents at work.
If you are made ill by stress at work or sustain any other kind of injury at work because your employer did nothing or not enough to minimise these risks, you may be eligible to claim for work injury compensation.
Find out how we, Accident Advice Helpline, can help you get the compensation you deserve by calling 0333 500 0993 from your mobile or 0800 689 0500 from your home phone now.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice