This week marks International Stress Awareness Week, focusing on the theme From Stigma to Solutions.
Any job can have stressful moments, especially when working in such a busy and fast paced industry. To combat this and ensure employee wellbeing, the team here at Whistle have gathered some of their top tips:
Account Executive – Courtney
It might sound simple but when I’m feeling overwhelmed or stressed, taking a minute to create a big to do list helps me focus. Outside of work, going for a good swim after work is my best way to completely switch off, or snuggling up with my dog and a book.
Account Executive – Gourav
A quote I really like is “step by step walk the thousand-mile road” by Miyamoto Musashi from The Book of Five Rings. Sometimes tasks can feel very overwhelming and frightening but by breaking them down in smaller steps it makes it easier to manage.
Head of Digital – Nic
For me, when I feel myself getting stressed, I make sure I step away from the screen or situation I’m dealing with. Taking some time to go and make a coffee, fuss my dogs or getting some fresh air really helps me reset and take another look with fresh eyes.
Account Manager – Amina
To destress, I have to completely switch off. If I’ve had a particularly stressful day I like to spend my evening treating myself to my favourite foods, and spending some time mindlessly scrolling on my phone or watching a cheesy movie – How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days fixes everything.
Senior Account Director and Head of ESG – Amy
In the words of Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With The Wind… “I’ll think about it tomorrow. After all, tomorrow…is another day!”
Business Support Manager – Claire
I’ve been responsible for creating the Whistle wellbeing policy and stress management is a key factor in this. As a company we strive for a positive and supportive workplace culture and do this through offering genuinely flexible and hybrid working. As well as this we make sure everyone has regular 121s, have implemented random acts of kindness and introduced mental health first aiders in the team. I also encourage all employees to complete a wellbeing action plan and reach out to Able Futures if they feel they need it. We also have set up regular team walks and bring and share lunches to really foster the sense of community in the office.
Social Media Account Director – Becky
Our weekly team meetings have helped me to talk about stress openly and if someone can sense I am stressed I end up having a one to one with my line manager afterwards to try and combat workload by sitting with them and writing a list of priorities for the week rather than the usual list I have of writing everything I have to do in the world (also listening to a combination of musical theatre songs and emo music helps).
Management Accountant – Alice
When I’m stressed getting outside for a run is the best remedy. Listening to a good podcast and getting out into nature can make all the difference.
Account Manager – Elly
At the first sign of stress, I have to get organised. Getting all my thoughts and tasks into a colour coded list can take some time but the end result is a clear and orderly head to carry on my day with.
Senior Account Manager – Emily
I try and stay as organised as possible to prevent myself from getting stressed… but in the event that doesn’t work, I love a soak in the bath and escaping into a good book.
Lots of things in both our personal lives and working career can create feelings of stress, and it is important to reach out for support when its needed.
Written by Courtney Caile who is PR & Social Media Account Executive at Whistle PR which offers a range of integrated communications services including strategic consultancy, PR, digital and internal communications. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us here.