The priority is undoubtedly the social relationship
The first is the connection. Social relationships are vital to our well-being. When we add value (through the implementation of a project, offering our understanding or simply bringing a new talent into the team), people feel valued and appreciated. Making positive contributions makes us feel better.
The relationship is one of the fundamental human needs. A great example of promoting the relationship is to stop writing useless emails – and, for example, speak to a colleague personally. The vis a vis interaction, even if brief, allows to see the expressions of the face, to hear the tone of voice and allows a better understanding of a situation. One of the reasons why emails fill us with anxiety is because, often, they represent a demand for time and energy that can distract you from your work at hand. Furthermore, these requests can accumulate.
To really foster this purpose, a great method is simply to check emails at recurring times of the day, not continuous. Being a little less connected can help us feel more in tune with the surrounding world.
For the next coffee break, start the conversation with a colleague with whom you have recently interacted. Ask them what the weekend was like and really listen to what is being shared. These small steps in the workplace can help you feel better.
Small changes, big consequences
Anxiety and stress are difficult to remove from our working life, but not entirely impossible, and certainly we are all able to reduce the direct impacts we suffer. If you accept that there will be days when you feel more stressed and anxious than others, it will be easier to manage them. One of the biggest anxiety problems we experience happens when even the simplest of things can become too difficult to manage. Knowing and accepting that this is normal anxiety will help alleviate the burden. A good example of stress and anxiety management in the workplace is exercising (inside and outside the office) physical activity. If taking the subway to get to work, it turns out to be crowded, you are assailed by a bad mood and you start the day negatively:
The study on PageGroup’s home work trip has revealed how commuters from all over Europe who use a bicycle or go on foot, have less stress on their journeys and how they arrive in the office less stressed than those who choose to take the car or public transport.
Don’t want to use public transport? No problem – take the stairs to reach your floor, dedicate half your lunch break to take a walk and get some fresh air and allow the endorphins to change your mood. Working on your mental well-being does not require a drastic change in lifestyle, but some small and simple steps can make a difference.