Managing Stress & Creating Psychological Safety

We live in a fast-paced world.

Especially in the workplace. Each day can present a new set of problems.

With never-ending calls, emails, meetings, and more, on top of hours of work…

The world of work today can be incredibly stressful.

With these day-to-day changes and demands, it can be taxing trying to keep up.

Even more so when there are no effective stress-management resources in place for you to use when challenges arise.

When your work environment is giving you too much pressure and you don’t have the right tools to tackle them…

Psychological safety tends to decrease while exhaustion, burnout, tension, and even turnover rates may increase.

Too much stress and a lack of stress management are two big reasons why more and more people are checking out and staying in their comfort zones.

After all, we’re not machines and that’s okay! We can only do so much with the limited energy and resources we have.

This is why stress-management tools are one of the most important things needed to make a more psychologically safe workplace.

Why?

Because when we’re under heavy stress, the part of our brain responsible for thinking, learning, listening, and language essentially shut down.

But when we have effective tools in place, we can better tackle stress even in unforeseen situations.

So, if you want to build and improve psychological safety in your workplace, it’s important to begin here.

We need to acknowledge the reality of the amount of stress we’re under and get really intentional about addressing it.

So here are simple practices for stress resilience you can start with.

Breathing exercises

Breathwork by far is one of the most effective ways to relieve stress. Breathing helps with calming the nervous system and lowering blood pressure, essentially reducing stress trapped in your body.

Movement exercises

Taking time to move each day helps manage stress significantly. Even just going on a walk or stretching and breathing can do wonders to create a calmer mind.

Journaling

Through journaling, you can self-reflect and release any pent-up emotions. It can be a way for you to organize your thoughts and de-stress.

We have a variety of breathing, movement, and journaling exercises in our resource guide for managing stress. You can view that here.

Check In

Another thing you can do is check in with yourself and encourage others to do the same.

Ask yourself:

  • How often am I checking in on my needs?
  • What am I doing to address those needs throughout the day?
  • How could this impact the way I interact with others at work?

Remember, the key to these tools is practicing them with consistency and intention!

The more you choose to make a habit of them, the more impact they’ll have on how you process and respond to stressful situations.

Now, when unexpected stressful situations pop up, you’ll be more likely to tackle them more efficiently with the practices you have in place.

When you can show up with confidence that you can handle the stress of your everyday work, it can ultimately support our main goal:

Encouraging a culture of psychological safety within the workplace.

Create a great day,

Amanda + Team Mako Mindfulness

Our training consists of employee-centered Psychological Safety conversations and team building exercises which will help employee’s learn tools for managing stress, explore the consequences of what they say and do, consider the assumptions they make about those they work with, and redefine what it means to contribute to a psychologically safe work environment. Use the link below to inquire about training for your group!

Take good care & create a great day! #MakoMindfulness

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