Stress and anxiety seem to be common conditions within the workplace, and some may argue that our corporate culture has cultivated these as key traits for success. However, in the past twelve months one in five Australians have taken time off work due to feeling mentally unwell, of which stress and anxiety, alongside depression were amongst the key culprits.
So first, let’s clarify what we mean when we refer to stress and anxiety. When we talk about stress, we are referring to any demand placed on the brain or physical body. Whereas anxiety is about a feeling, fear, worry or unease.
Low levels of stress and anxiety can have a positive impact on our peak performance, by driving motivation and action towards specific goals. However, when they start to have a negative impact on our daily work life then we need to mindfully step-in. And while we don’t want you to over-analyse yourself or others who may have recurring symptoms, these examples will help you better identify how stress and anxiety may show up in your work life:
Change in appetite
Lack of concentration or ability to concentrate
It may then come as no surprise that those who experience prolonged periods of stress and anxiety are more likely to develop serious health conditions, including depression. When gone untreated, these, along with other mental health conditions cost Australian workplaces approximately $10.9 billion a year, of which absenteeism accounts for $4.7 billion. Then there’s the impact this has on workplace culture, which hasn’t been considered in these monetary figures.
So how can we mindfully step-in to stop our spiralling mind? By simply asking ‘what is the truth in this?’. By asking ourselves this question it helps us to stop fuelling the negatives that deepen us into a low state of mind. It allows us to naturally return to a higher state of mind, enabling us to work with greater clarity and awareness, creativity, productiveness, connection and wellbeing.
At Wellineux, the core of our approach is based on our universal understanding of the human operating system and the impact this has on individual and workplace performance. From our workplace wellbeing strategy consultations and other wellbeing programs to mindfulness training and mentoring services, we look forward to igniting wellbeing within you and your organisation, to see you thrive.