November 3rd is National Stress Awareness Day. At Botree, we encourage you to use this day as a reminder to check in with yourself. In a busy and constantly changing world, it can be easy to just put yourself on autopilot to get things done. To avoid that inevitable big crash, fine tune and check in with yourself every day.
According to the American Institute of Stress,
40% of workers reported their job was very or extremely stressful
25% view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives
75% of employees believe that workers have more on-the-job stress than a generation ago
29% of workers felt quite a bit or extremely stressed at work
26% of workers said they were “often or very often burned out or stressed by their work
Stress is a huge workplace issue, and it can be costly in many different ways. We encourage you to practice acts of self- care, today and every day. Here are five easy steps to add to your day to promote healthy stress management:
Ask yourself: how are you feeling today? Rate your stress level on a scale of 1-10
Look at what’s on your plate. What is one thing you can accomplish today?
Take a meaningful break for lunch (Block off 30 minutes in your shared calendar, don’t check emails or do any work during that time)
Complete (at least) one self-care tasks (examples: nature walk, face mask, yoga, spend time with family/friends, watch a comfort movie, bath, etc.)
Above all, we hope that you can foster a supportive work environment. Your ideal workplace should be a place where everyone feels safe to advocate for themselves, especially when workloads become heavy. Just because someone is carrying it all well, doesn't mean it hasn't been exhausting for them. At the end of the day, we're all human and humans need to rest.
Take a moment, take a break, and take time to care for yourself and your teammates. You deserve it.