Perhaps you fret before a big meeting, you imagine you’re in there and your mind goes blank. You sit outside the room feeling sweat beads building and a million thoughts run through your head.
Maybe today’s not your day. You feel a cloud of dread but you’re not sure why. You look down and realise that you have bitten off all of your nails again and in that moment you understand that it’s because you’re feeling nervous about work.
Are you someone who can’t sleep? Possibly you lie awake at night wondering how on Earth you’re going to get that report finished by the end of play tomorrow, despite staying late tonight to finish it.
Whatever form you have felt it in, or whether you have realised the source of it, we can all experience workplace stress. PerkBox found that in 2020, 79% of British adults in employment commonly experienced work-related stress, this is 20% higher than their findings in 2018. Workplace stress was on the rise, and with 2020 bringing us the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s not difficult to see why.
Many of us were worried that we would lose our jobs, and unfortunately some of us did. For those that remained, a large proportion of us had to take pay cuts whilst taking on the jobs of our colleagues that were sick, isolating or had been made redundant. We started early, finished late and all of this contributed to our stress levels.
But as the 2018 statistic suggests, workplace stress was not born out of the pandemic. This is something that has been present for years. Office politics, long working hours and zero-hour contracts were round before COVID, sadly these things have been around for a long time.
Something we often ask ourselves at WorkLife is “how can we switch off?”. Not necessarily for the night, or for the weekend, but how can we switch off that negative feeling of anxiety that goes hand in hand with workplace stress?
We searched for an answer to this question, and before long we found Thrive. Thrive is a mental wellbeing tool approved by the NHS that uses tried and tested techniques to help the UK employee population feel more mentally healthy. Whether you have a spare 5 minutes or want to add longer meditation sessions into your day, Thrive can help you build these healthy habits into your routine and provide you with the tools to cope when times are rough. With everything from breathing techniques to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy simulation, there are a number of methods you can try to help you improve your mental wellbeing. With the total variety of what is available, there will be something to suit you.
So if you recognise yourself in any of the scenarios at the beginning of this blog, or you want to give your wellbeing a bit of nurturing, then please visit your WorkLife portal today to learn more about how Thrive can help you.