Managing work stress during EOFY
EOFY can be stressful, so here's how to keep it under check.
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Written by Alexander Pan
Updated over a week ago

It's been a busy few months with the end-of-financial-year slog underway. You may be feeling burned out, and just done with everything. It's a pretty common feeling among employees during this time as work ramps up in order to get everything done before the new financial year.

As important as work is, managing work stress during this period is even more important. Here are some tips on keeping EOFY stress in check, so that your health and wellbeing don't suffer in the long run.

Maintain healthy work/life boundaries

It's ok to work a long day here and there, but if this becomes the norm it can take a toll on your health and wellbeing. Try to stick to your usual work hours as much as possible, take regular breaks, negotiate realistic deadlines, avoid checking your work phone or emails outside of business hours, and practice saying no if work demands are unreasonable. And plan a post-EOFY holiday so you've got something to look forward to when work settles down.


Your breathing pattern changes when you're under stress, resulting in more shallow breaths and an escalation of the body's stress response. Try to take calm, slow breaths through your nose whenever you're feeling a bit stressed as this relaxed breathing pattern will calm your mind and nervous system at the same time.

Don't forget about self-care

It's easy to forget the basics when you're bogged down with work during EOFY, so make sure you're taking care of yourself. You can't do your best work if you're not feeling well after all. Keep a healthy diet, stay physically active, and ensure you're getting enough sleep as staying on top of your physical health will go a long way in managing stress levels.

Switch off and recharge

Trying to forget about work during the busy EOFY period is tough, but it's important to switch off and let your brain and body relax a bit or you'll risk burning out. Whether it's exercising, listening to a podcast, catching up with mates, watching TV or reading a book, putting aside work will do wonders for your mental wellbeing. Even just taking a few minutes of personal time during a busy day can help reduce stress.

Get support if you need it

It's common to feel uncomfortable asking for help and extra support, but we're all human and can benefit from support during difficult times. Talk to a trusted colleague, your manager, or HR if you need some guidance on tackling your work commitments. Friends and family can also be great sounding boards, and you can chat 24/7 to one of our Sonder team members who can help refer you to professional support if needed.

If you need some extra insight into your wellbeing and want a better handle on your health, we've got you covered with our Wellbeing Assessment. It only takes 5 minutes and can be accessed from the Sonder app's home screen.

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, Healthdirect, Better Health, 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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