Prevention of work-related stress

Stress can be minimised and prevented if you:

  • Talk to your manger about your job and the demands you face to ensure you are clear about your role and expectations
  • Prioritise your workload and manage you time effectively
  • Match you workload and pace yourself.  Inform your manager if you are feeling overloaded and ask for support
  • Communicate well with your colleagues and manager - aim to maintain positive working relationships
  • Take the initiative in relation to your development needs and make use of the training, support and resources the University has to offer
  • Support colleagues by providing appropriate information and by sharing resources
  • Ensure bullying and harassment are not tolerated

Other things that can help to maintain balance and alleviate stress include:

  • Making time for lunch.  Take this away from the office.  If possible take a walk.  A short break can be energising and will help you face the next task or challenge
  • Eating a well-balanced diet.  Well-nourished bodies are better prepared for handling stress. 
  • Cutting down on stimulants like caffeine and sugar
  • Keeping an eye on your intake of  alcohol and nicotine
  • Physical activity reduces stress levels and prevents some of its damaging effects on the body
  • Positive thinking reduces the negative tension that can lead to stress