Stress Management

Getting Stuck In A Negative Mindset

Negatives can affect us at any time, and it's not just about being in a positive or negative mindset.  As per my previous article, getting the right balance of emotions at any given time is key, especially for self-regulating our emotions as leaders and for when we're working with ...

Keeping Calm When All Around Are Not: Quiet Curiosity

How can you keep calm when all around you seem to be getting angry and frustrated?  There are some people who manage to do it easily, and keep control during difficult conversations.  They come across as quietly assertive, and are highly respected for their communication skills.  But unfortunately, most of ...

Breathing Out Stress

As we breathe approximately 20,000 times a day, inhaling and exhaling about 15 to 20 times a minute, you’d think we’d have it all under control.  But no!! Think about the last time you were in a stressful situation, made a big mistake, or were asked a question in a ...

Stress or Anxiety – Differences Make A Difference

Do you know when you are stressed, or could you be anxious instead?  In the workplace, saying you are stressed is more “acceptable” than saying you’re anxious.  But there are vital differences which leaders need to be aware of for themselves and their colleagues.  Both are caused by our own ...

Blind Panic and Stress of Presenting

Ever found yourself having to do a presentation and you are absolutely petrified?  There are many articles on presentation skills, in order to improve your delivery, your appearance etc.  However, despite reading all of those, my experiences of doing presentations still felt terrible. This is what used to happen to me.  ...

Managing Emotion to Reduce Stress and Fatigue

Recently, the CIPD reported that the annual cost of sickness absence has climbed to almost £29 billion for UK organisations, according to new figures from PwC.  Additionally, British workers take more than four times as many sick days off work than some of their global counterparts. There are many reports about ...

I Definitely Need More Stress In My Job!

Only joking!!  We know that most people think they don’t need more stress, they need less.  But do you know the level of stress that ensures you’re at your optimum performance level?   Or could you be someone who believes that you have to be anxious and worried about all eventualities ...

The Many Causes of Stress in the Workplace

  We all experience stress and anxiety at some times in our working lives and many of us feel that a little bit can be fine.  But when does it become too much and damaging to our career and our health?  Stress really isn’t worth it in the long run, ...

Reducing Sickness Levels

Are employees more frustrated with people calling in sick too often, or when they come in to the office when they should have stayed at home?  Employees taking days off sick can cause a delay in work or projects being completed, reduced productivity and increased workloads (and possibly overtime costs) ...

Keeping Quiet About Stress In The Workplace

  The economic downturn has been a significant factor in increasing stress levels in the workplace.  A recent survey has found that 41% of employees are currently feeling stressed or very stressed in their jobs.  Importantly, 20% think that if they mentioned stress they would be first to be made redundant ...

The Importance of Lunch

  The dip in afternoon productivity when employees don’t take a lunch break has been reported by Bupa as costing businesses nearly £50million a day.  Employees believe they are doing their bosses a favour by working through lunch, with a third of those not taking a break saying this is down ...