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Managing Work Stress

Bouncing Back: Managing Work Stress

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How does work support your mental wellbeing?

Mental wellbeing is a state in which you are able to:

  • develop your potential
  • happy coworkers
  • work productively and creatively
  • build strong and positive relationships with others
  • contribute to your community 

How does work support mental well being?

It provides:

  • A sense of fulfilment
  • Social interaction
  • A source of income
  • Self esteem and identity

What can stress do to your health?


Work stress may come from many issues including:

  • Job content
  • Workload and work pace
  • Hours of work
  • Participation and control in decisions made that affect you and your work
  • Career development, status and pay
  • Role in the organization
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Workplace culture
  • Work-life balance

Some stress is actually good for you, as it motivates and challenges you.  However, too much stress at work for too long is not healthy.

Stress is not a medical condition but if you experience too much stress for too long it can lead to health problems like:

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  • anxiety
  • depression
  • heart disease
  • back pain
  • headaches
  • higher risk for some types of cancers, injuries and infections

How does resilience help you manage your work stress?

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from stressful situations.  Having resilience prepares your body to handle stress better and can even allow you to respond positively to stress.

Everyone has the ability to develop resilience to manage work stress.

How can you develop your resilience?

Good news! Everyone has the ability to develop resilience to manage work stress. The following five things can help you manage stress more easily:

1. developing relationships

Positive relationships help you to feel supported at work. Supportive relationships with others can help you through stressful times.  Positive relationships help you to increase your ability to plan, meet goals and deal with challenges.

2. positive Thinking

Being able to think positively helps deal with stress. Positive thinking helps you look at obstacles and challenges as opportunities.

3. Competence

Know when to use strengths and when to ask for help so you don’t feel stressed. Competence is your ability to use your skills to influence what happens in your life.  It may be skills like problem solving and decision making, knowing how to set realistic goals and planning to reach them, as well as feeling a sense of control over what happens in life.

4. healthy coping

Your body is better able to respond to stress when you practice healthy coping. Choosing unhealthy coping methods can be harmful to health and will make it more difficult for you to deal with stress. The following behaviours help prepare your body to deal with stress:

5. emotional intelligence

Knowing your emotions and being able to manage them helps you to keep stress in check. Emotional intelligence means understanding and managing emotions. It can assist you to have better judgment and communication with your co-workers.

Where can you find more information?