The Hidden Culprit: Stress & Its Impacts on Psychological Safety

Do you ever experience seasons where it’s really hard to stay productive?

Times when nothing seems to get done right or on time?

Does it sometimes drive you absolutely mad trying to figure out on your own why it’s happening?

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Well, there are answers for it, my friend, and they can vary widely.

But the biggest problem I see again and again is something you may be familiar with:


People who are constantly overworked in an environment that offers them little support can face a mountain of stress and when that stress is an everyday part of their work life, it’s bound to impact their performance, costing the organization profit, endless opportunities, and psychological safety 😩.

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But, it doesn’t have to be that way.

I work with lots of companies who lack the knowledge/resources that can effectively support their employees with the stress they’re experiencing.

And here’s what my training programs help their employees understand ⬇️

To increase productivity, both stress management and psychological safety have to be considered. Because when people are supported holistically, it reflects in their work performance and relationships.

So, how do you start?

Well, if you’re looking at this from an employee lens,

Start by being really honest with yourself about what’s on your plate and how it’s impacting you. Some people say start a stress log where you can track the time of the day, what the stressor was, who was around, how you felt, etc. There’s so much information in the patterns! & guess what, we conveniently have one you can use! Feel free to download it, it’s fillable digitally.


That’s just the first step, though. Now that you have a greater awareness of what’s stressing you out… It’s time to make a decision. I like to say to myself, “OK Amanda, you know this now so what you gonna do? You gonna BBQ or Mildew” 🤣 What I mean is, I have to do something about it.

I might have to ⬇️

😩 Speak up about my capacity

😩 Say no to some things for awhile

😩 Ask for support

😩 Reassess my commitments


Sitting and waiting for someone to stick up for me hasn’t been the most effective. So, I get really intentional on what I can do to show up for and take care of myself in this season.

& if you’re in a position of leadership, COMMUNICATE with your team.

Ask them where they need support, hear them out, and let them know that you’re available to help with anything they need. And if you don’t have the answer, that’s okay, but be visibly intentional about trying to find it. This goes a long way and means a lot to your team. When their needs are validated, efforts are put in place to build trust, and they can see you’re taking them seriously, changes come. People show up more, do better at work, and productivity increases because your people are better taken care of.

While you can’t get rid of stress for good, acknowledging you and your team’s reality helps. We have so much we’re trying to collectively work through, but I do believe that intentional efforts like these can support us along the way.

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With our signature trainings for stress-management, we supply teams with tools to combat stress and build psychological safety for a full, thriving work experience.

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Feeling stressed out & psychologically unsafe at work?

Check out our guides!

The Mako Method™ Resource Guide for Stress Management

Download our resource guide and learn over 50 ways you can use quick breathing exercises, affirmations, gratitude, journaling, and perspectives practices throughout the day to manage your stress and create psychological safety at work.


The Mako Method™ for Psychological Safety – The Ultimate Checklist

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