Anxiety and stress are normal emotions for us all, but sometimes they can get out of control and become a mental health problem. Anxiety and stress can impact mental health in various ways, including the workplace and when it comes to meeting basic needs such as paying bills or buying food. Employers and employees alike can take steps to manage workplace stress and support mental health awareness in the workplace, as well as finding ways to ease financial anxiety.

For employees feeling stressed or anxious at work, taking breaks and practicing self-care activities can help. Talking to a supportive colleague, manager, or mental health professional can also be beneficial. Prioritising self-care activities like getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising regularly can also help alleviate work-related anxiety, as can setting realistic goals and boundaries.

What is self care

Self care has become a buzzword in recent years and for good reason. It’s the practice of taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally, and it’s essential for your overall health and well-being. Self care is especially important for individuals who experience anxiety. Anxiety can be a debilitating condition that can impact many areas of life, including work, relationships, and overall quality of life. Self-care practices can help individuals with anxiety manage their symptoms and improve their overall well-being.

Self care can look different for everyone, but it’s important to make it a priority in your life. It can be something as simple as taking a relaxing bath, going for a walk in nature, or practicing meditation. It’s important to take time for yourself and do things that make you feel good.

When it comes to managing anxiety, physical self care can be particularly helpful. Engaging in regular exercise, eating a balanced diet, and getting enough sleep can all help to reduce anxiety symptoms. Exercise, in particular, has been shown to be effective in reducing anxiety levels. Mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, and journaling can help to reduce anxiety levels and promote a sense of calm. Talking to a therapist or counsellor can also be helpful in managing anxiety symptoms.

Engaging in activities that bring joy and happiness, such as spending time with loved ones or pursuing a hobby, can help to reduce stress levels and promote emotional well-being. Setting boundaries and saying “no” when needed can also be an important form of emotional self-care.

Managing financial stress

Financial anxiety is a feeling of stress, worry, and unease related to one’s financial situation. It can manifest in various ways, such as fear of not having enough money to meet basic needs, concern about debt or financial obligations, or worry about future financial security. Financial anxiety can be caused by a variety of factors, including job loss, economic uncertainty, personal financial mismanagement, and unexpected expenses. It can have a significant impact on one’s mental and emotional well-being and can lead to a range of physical and psychological symptoms, including insomnia, depression, and even physical illness.

When it comes to financial anxiety, creating a budget and seeking out resources such as financial counselling or assistance programs can be helpful. Employers can support their employees by offering financial training or signposting to where employees can access help.

Dealing with stress at work

Workplace stress and anxiety refer to feelings of pressure, tension, and worry that arise in response to work-related situations and demands. This can include stress related to workload, deadlines, job security, conflict with colleagues or supervisors, and organisational change. Workplace stress and anxiety can have a negative impact on an individual’s physical and mental health, as well as on their job performance and job satisfaction.

Common sources of workplace stress and anxiety include job demands, lack of control over one’s work, interpersonal conflict and poor communication. Some of the symptoms of workplace stress and anxiety can include irritability, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, decreased productivity, and physical symptoms such as headaches or muscle tension.

It is important for employer to recognise and address workplace stress and anxiety in order to promote a healthy work environment. This can involve implementing stress management techniques, providing resources and support for employees, and creating a positive workplace culture that values employee well-being. Employers play an important role in supporting both workplace and financial stress. This can include providing resources like counselling or therapy services, mental health days, or flexible work arrangements. Employers can also offer training and education for employees to learn about stress management and available mental health and financial services.

Creating a workplace environment that supports mental health is also crucial. Employers can promote work-life balance, encourage breaks and time off, and provide stress management resources like yoga or meditation classes. Promoting a culture of acceptance and understanding around mental health and financial struggles can help reduce stigma and encourage open communication about these issues.

In conclusion, employers can take steps to support mental health awareness in the workplace by creating a supportive environment, offering resources and training, encouraging employees to prioritise self care and opening communication channels to promote a culture of acceptance and understanding.

For more help visit the Mental Health Foundation website.