April is Stress Awareness Month – the annual event when health care professionals and health promotion experts join forces to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.
The Stress Management Society is dedicated to helping individuals and companies recognise and reduce stress. They are also one of Symposium’s partners for the upcoming Health @ Work Summit. While easing stress in everyday life is difficult enough, coping with it at work can be, well, stressful. Excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and impact your physical and emotional health.
So what can you do to tackle stress at work? The Stress Management Society has some advice…
In our day-to-day, busy lives, how often do we find ourselves stopping and taking a moment to take it all in and be mindful? I’m guessing, not often. Of course some people will already be on the path to mindfulness, however even I often get caught up in the hustle and bustle.
Many people develop ‘tunnel vision’, whereby we stop paying attention to the present moment and instead live our lives focused on how we felt yesterday or what we are going to do tomorrow. Unlike meditation, where the aim is to ‘zone out’ and let your thoughts pass non-judgementally, mindfulness is a little easier. Officially defined as “Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally”, mindfulness is simply ‘zoning in’.
In the office, we’ve re-discovered a hobby which we’ve all long forgotten, yet it’s helped us focus and get caught up in the present moment.
What am I talking about? Colouring-in books!
There has been a massive buzz around mindfulness colouring books recently and, in fact, all adult colouring-in books. So, we gave them a go. And guess what? They work!
This gentle activity where you choose the colours to create your picture and the repetitive action of colouring it in focuses the brain on the present, blocking out any intrusive thoughts.
We love them so much that our Project Management Wizard spent much of her Christmas holidays colouring in. One of our project management team commented on the mindfulness book as “really calming, it was surprising how relaxing it was, I now look forward to the times when I can draw”. This comment reflects the calming environment that wondered the office as we all took to colouring in our books during our lunch breaks.
It is so important to take time out from the ‘always on’ culture of modern society and live in the moment, with no interruptions.
Have a lovely day!
Sabina Darie – Head of Marketing and PR – The Stress Management Society
To learn more about the link between wellbeing, happiness and productivity in the workplace, join us at the Health @ Work Summit 2016 on 12 May. Book your place now.