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Handling stress as a contractor

Alex Bentley

Alex Bentley | Marketing Assistant

Tuesday 16th Apr, 2024

Since 1992, the month of April has been dedicated to Stress Awareness Month, designed to bring attention to the causes of stress and the negative impact it can have on our lives. It’s also dedicated to removing any stigma and shame around mental health issues as a whole.

Navigating a heavy workload can sometimes feel like a juggling act, leading to increased stress levels. We’ve put together a few helpful tips for managing your stress below.

  1. Establish Boundaries

    When working to your best possible ability, alongside the rise of remote/hybrid working the lines between work and personal life can sometimes become blurred, leading to burnout. Set clear boundaries between work hours and leisure time. Create a designated workspace and stick to a schedule to avoid overworking yourself.

  2. Practice Self-Care

    Self-care is essential for maintaining mental and physical health. Make time for activities that rejuvenate you, whether it's going for a walk, practicing meditation, or indulging in a hobby. Remember, taking care of yourself is not selfish; it's necessary for long-term productivity and happiness.

  3. Stay Organised

    Feeling overwhelmed often stems from a sense of disorganisation. Keep track of your projects, deadlines, and finances using calendars, project management software such as Trello, or even just a notepad and pen. Breaking down tasks into manageable chunks can help alleviate stress and increase productivity.

  4. Take Breaks

    It's easy to get caught up in work, but taking regular breaks is crucial for recharging and maintaining focus. Step away from your workspace periodically to stretch, take a short walk, or simply relax. Incorporating breaks into your day improves productivity, creativity, and overall well-being, ultimately reducing stress levels.

  5. Seek Professional Help if Needed

    If you're feeling overwhelmed to the point where it's impacting your daily life and work, don't hesitate to seek professional help. A therapist or counsellor can provide you with tools and strategies to manage stress more effectively and improve your overall mental health.

In conclusion, Stress Awareness Month is an important time for workers in the UK to focus on their mental health. By taking care of yours, you can improve your well-being and set yourself up for a healthier work/life balance. Don’t forget to take a break and prioritise your mental health.

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