Almost a third of people take a stroll to combat stress at work.
Recently, I read that taking a stroll is a useful and popular way to combat stress at work. I’ve certainly seen this work at many establishments; employees leave the office and go for a walk around the building or in the grounds of their offices.
A break from your workplace can work wonders. It can be hard to take that break – but in the interests of your health you should regularly take the time to move. This helps to ensure that your mind & body remains active and you personally achieve high results. Ultimately, employers gain from those results.
Other stress-relieving methods can be used. During my retail catering & public house days at the Airports, we had high footfall and financial turnover. It made for a fast moving, often stressful environment. We encouraged members of the team to go out the back of house… and just shout out loud! This released any built up stress they were encountering – whether it was from the workload or a customer they had just served. This was very successful and also resulted in some extremely humorous occasions. The laughter was very motivational and individuals felt better upon returning to the workplace.
A survey questioned 1000 jobseekers on the Tiptop Job sites about how they deal with stress at work. It found that:
- Almost a third of people take a walk to instantly reduce stress at work. 27 percent of people revealed that going for a walk is how they deal with stressful situations in the workplace.
- A quarter of the respondents opt to treat themselves to gifts. This includes eating luxurious food or other kinds of retail therapy.
- 19 percent take some time off from work to combat stress.
- 17 percent exercise.
- 10 percent went out to see their friends and luckily,
- Only 3 percent sink their heads in alcohol after work.
- No one reported reading as a de-stresser.
Stress affects people in different ways, therefore handling and dealing with stress also varies from one person to another. What works for one person may not for a colleague.
“Stress is rife in today’s busy and complex living. People have to work out their limits and find situations that make them feel less stressed. If not, the knock on effect on individuals can be severe and second to that can impact on performance at work, which nobody wants. We have some articles in our Career Centre about dealing with stress to help people to get through difficult times,” comments Corinne Hutchinson, from TipTopJob.