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Coping with stress at work

The workplace is a major source of stress for many people. Whether it’s dealing with an ever-expanding workload or trying to function without the right support, there may be many triggers for stress. However, while stress is common, sometimes it can become overwhelming and it’s at that point that stress at work is a real issue. That’s why it’s so important to find a way to cope with stress at work if this is a problem that you feel you have.

Identify the source of your stress

There could be many different reasons why you’re finding work stressful, including being in a job that simply isn’t challenging enough and in which you’re bored. Your current role may offer few opportunities to grow and develop or you may feel like there are conflicting demands and expectations with respect to your time and achievements. Low salary, poor working conditions, excessive workload and bad management are also common causes for stress at work.

Be alert to the signs of stress at work

Everyone is different but there are some common indications that you may be suffering from workplace stress, including:

  • Insomnia
  • Chronic anxiety
  • Being unable to concentrate
  • A compromised immune system
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure

Many of the ways that we try to cope with stress at work can make this worse, for example comfort eating high sugar foods, drinking too much or smoking.

Coping with stress at work

If you feel like workplace stress is an issue for you there are a number of steps that you can take to help get past the problem.

  • Speak up. Talking to a supervisor or manager is an important first step if you’re feeling stressed. In most organisations, it’s in the manager’s interests for employees to be productive and so they will want to help put a plan in place that enables you to do this.
  • Start using relaxation techniques. From meditation exercises to yoga and taking long, calming walks, there are lots of ways to introduce more relaxation into you day and to start learning how to feel less stressed on an ongoing basis.
  • Identify what your triggers are. It can be useful to keep a stress diary so that you know exactly what it is that triggers you when it comes to stress. By tracking this over a period of two weeks you should be able to see what – or who – makes you feel like it’s difficult to cope.
  • Set some boundaries. Many of the problems we have with stress begin when we forget how to say “no.” Technology today means we can be contactable all the time and could – in theory – work around the clock. It’s incredibly important to set some boundaries, whether that’s turning your emails off after 7pm or not answering the phone after the end of the working day.
  • Ask for help. Other people, especially close friends and family, can be incredibly useful when it comes to coping with workplace stress. From making suggestions to providing support during tough times, reaching out is often the right thing to do.

Stress at work is a common problem but there are some very effective ways to deal with it so that it doesn’t become overwhelming.

Our Stress Management course is ideal for delegates to stay more in control of themselves as pressure increases so you can still perform well and achieve results.


In-House Training with PTP

PTP stands for Practical Training for Professionals and our aim is to make our training as practical as possible so delegates can return to the workplace with skills they can implement immediately. PTP now delivers training to over 40% of the FTSE 100.

What you get for your money

What is 1-to-1 training?

1-to-1 training can be based on any of the 100 plus courses that PTP provides, it includes an initial telephone conference of up to 1 hour, a 1/2 day (3.5 hours) on-site one to one training session at your premises with one of PTP's expert trainers and then a further telephone conference call of up to an hour within 2 weeks of the on-site visit.

You have the option of a line manager being involved in both telephone conferences, the second telephone conference which can be for feedback and action planning is generally scheduled during the on-site visit.

Who does 1-to-1 training suit?

Individuals taking on a new challenge or responsibilities. Professionals who want a trusted "sounding board" and thinking partner. Executives or managers who want to enhance their leadership effectiveness to achieve organizational and career success. Executives and professionals wanting to compete successfully but still retain balance in their life. Individuals who want to understand their blind spots so that they don't stand in their own way on their path to success. Executives and Professionals who want to improve their interpersonal skills so as to be more effective with bosses, peers, subordinates, or people in general. How much does 1-to-1 training cost?

A 1-to-1 training session costs from as little as £400 + VAT and will include an initial telephone conference of up to 1 hour, a 1/2 day (3.5 hours) on-site training at your premises and then a further telephone conference call of up to an hour within 2 weeks of the on-site visit.

What is U-Choose?

Choose from any of the 150 plus courses that PTP provides, and choose from 1 of our 50 plus UK wide training venues. You must book for 2 or more delegates and at least 4 weeks in advance, but that’s it, the course you want where you want it. The reason we ask for a minimum of 4 weeks notice is to enable us to market the course you have scheduled to other companies and organisations. However, if we fail to sell any additional places we guarantee to run the course just for you.

How much does U-Choose Training cost?

U-choose costs the same as our normal open courses i.e. the normal delegate rate. This includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, framed certification and comprehensive training notes. A U-Choose booking can only be confirmed once we receive payment which can be made via credit/debit card, BACS or cheque. Payment is due at least 4 weeks before the date you request. Please note to be eligible for U-Choose you must book a minimum of 2 delegates on the same course & date.