By Sarah Alwyn
As the holiday season approaches, it’s all too common for many to struggle with the stress of too much to do and not enough time. Work timelines tighten, family activities amplify, and we find ourselves stretching way beyond our greatest limits.
As a leader or manager, it’s important to not only be aware of the warning signs of your own stress, but to also be attuned to noticing these observable signs among your staff. We can make better and more confident decisions about how we manage our stress symptoms, with greater self-awareness.
Some warning signs of stress can include:
The good thing is, we can manage stress and there are many things you can do to ensure you are looking after yourself and your team. These don’t require too much physical or emotional exertion, just some consideration and intention based on the following:
The holiday season is a busy time, so take note of the warning signs of stress and be intentional about how to look after yourself and your valued team members.
In Australia, we often see an increase in mental health issues in January – people are often stressed in the lead-up to Christmas, but it’s afterwards that issues can surface. As a leader, it’s worth keeping this in mind and noticing changes in how your people behave.
Businesses across NSW have access to free coaching from a highly trained expert to help create or fine-tune your mentally healthy workplace. Through confidential one-on-one sessions, a coach will help address issues or identify risks to mental health within your business and give you practical tools and strategies to manage them. Find out more here.