Most jobs involve some degree of work-related stress, especially during busy periods such as Christmas, school and Easter holidays where there’s an uptick in shopping and tourist activity. These periods can be extra stressful and may be quite overwhelming for some workers.

To help manage the increased levels of stress and anxiety for workers during these busy periods, we've listed some tips and strategies on how to take care of your mental health when working.

Know your stressors and how it affects you

Stressful situations affect people differently and knowing what bothers you is helpful in managing your mental health during busy working periods. Write down your stress triggers, the people, place, or event that caused it, and your reactions to them. Once you know what bothers you, you can actively find solutions to resolve your stressors.

Take regular breaks

Being busy and always being "switched on" for work is a slippery slope towards burnout, which in turn will lead to reduced productivity. Make sure you take a break every few hours in order to refocus yourself. Try and incorporate some exercise into your break as a way to keep yourself refreshed.

Limit working extra hours

It's common for people to take on extra shifts and hours during busier periods, such as Easter. If you find yourself working extra hours and shifts more often than not, discuss with your manager about limiting your working hours if possible in order to prevent burnout and to give yourself a break.

Saying 'no' is okay

Don't be afraid to say 'no' when asked to take on extra work, especially if it exceeds your capacity to deliver. It may feel like you're letting down your team, but it's perfectly okay to say 'no' when your response is genuine and it's to ensure that your mental health is of utmost importance.

Get support if you need it

Asking for help and extra support may feel a bit uncomfortable for some people, but you don't need to be afraid to do so. If you need some extra help or just need to talk to someone, you can chat to one of our Sonder team members who can then refer you to appropriate support if needed.

If you have any questions or need extra support, we're here to help you anytime, in any language. Simply start a chat with us via the home screen of the Sonder app.

Information sourced from Healthline and Heads Up.

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All content is created and published for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. Always seek the guidance of a qualified health professional.

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