Stress Relief Strategies: Managing Workplace Stress for a Healthier, Happier You

Stress Relief Strategies: Managing Workplace Stress for a Healthier, Happier You

19 Apr 2024

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This informal CPD article,'Stress Relief Strategies: Managing Workplace Stress for a Healthier Happier You’, was provided by iGROW CorpHealth, partnering with Corporates to drive Employee Engagement through Holistic Health Solutions.

Many people experience stress in the workplace. This can be due to a variety of factors, and if left unchecked, it can negatively impact your health, happiness, and productivity.

The good news is that there are steps you can take to manage stress and create a more positive work experience. This article will explore a range of practical strategies to help you achieve a healthier, happier you.

1. Stress Balls

Benefit: Squeezing a stress ball engages hand muscles, promoting relaxation and releasing built-up physical tension. This can be helpful for individuals who experience headaches, neck pain, or jaw clenching due to stress.

Implementation Tips:

  • Place stress balls in designated areas throughout the office, such as workstations, meeting rooms, or break areas.
  • Incorporate stress ball exercises into wellness workshops or stress management training sessions.
  • Monitor stress ball usage and replenish supplies as needed to ensure accessibility for all employees.

2. Breathing Exercises

Benefit: Employees who practice regular breathing exercises are better equipped to handle stressors, fostering a resilient workforce.

Implementation Tips:

  • Introduce breathing exercises as part of wellness initiatives or stress management programs.
  • Offer a variety of breathing techniques, such as deep breathing, diaphragmatic breathing, or mindfulness-based breathing.
  • Incorporate breathing exercises into daily routines, such as at the beginning or end of meetings or as part of employee wellness breaks.

3. Goal Setting Workshop

Benefit: Open discussion and goal setting foster transparent communication across teams and departments, leading to better collaboration and resource allocation. 

Implementation Tips:

  • Schedule goal setting workshops during strategic planning sessions or as standalone events.
  • Encourage open discussion and collaboration among participants to share insights, challenges, and best practices.
  • Set aside time for individual reflection and action planning to ensure participants leave with actionable steps.

4. Social Media Detox Day

Benefit: Disconnecting from social media fosters improved mental well-being by reducing the comparison culture, negative social comparisons, and potential sources of anxiety.

Implementation Tips:

  • Promote social media detox days as part of workplace wellness challenges, mental health awareness campaigns, or digital detox initiatives.
  • Encourage employees to plan alternative activities or hobbies to fill the time typically spent on social media.
  • Create a supportive environment where employees feel comfortable discussing their experiences and challenges with social media use.

5. Positive Psychology Workshop

Benefit: Positive Psychology Workshops emphasize a holistic approach to well-being, addressing not only professional success but also personal fulfillment and happiness.

Implementation Tips:

  • Schedule the workshops at convenient times for employees, such as during lunch breaks or after work hours, to maximize attendance.
  • Invite guest speakers or experts in positive psychology to facilitate the workshops and share insights.
  • Incorporate interactive activities and group discussions to encourage active participation and reflection.
  • Encourage participants to apply what they've learned in their daily lives and share their experiences with colleagues to foster a culture of positivity.

6. Counseling Services Day

Benefit:  Counseling Services Day reflects a proactive approach to addressing mental health by providing employees with dedicated time and resources to focus on their well-being. 

Implementation Tips:

  • Coordinate with external counseling service providers to schedule on-site or virtual counseling sessions for employees.
  • Promote Counseling Services Day through internal communication channels, emphasizing confidentiality and privacy.
  • Provide employees with information about available counseling services, including how to schedule appointments and what to expect during sessions.
  • Follow up after Counseling Services Day to gather feedback and assess the impact on employee well-being, and consider making counseling services a regular offering.

7. Mindfulness Apps Trial

Benefit: Mindfulness apps offer employees the flexibility to access stress-relief resources at any time, empowering them to manage stress both during and outside working hours.

Implementation Tips:

  • Partner with mindfulness app providers to offer trial subscriptions to employees. • Promote the trial period through email newsletters, posters in common areas.
  • Provide instructions on how to download and access the mindfulness apps, as well as tips for incorporating mindfulness practices into daily routines.
  • Encourage employees to explore different features and resources available through the apps, such as guided meditations, breathing exercises, and stress-relief techniques.


By implementing these stress relief strategies in your workplace, you can create a culture that prioritizes employee well-being and productivity. From providing stress balls to offering counseling services, each initiative contributes to a healthier, happier work environment.

We hope this article was helpful. For more information from iGROW CorpHealth, please visit their CPD Member Directory page. Alternatively, you can go to the CPD Industry Hubs for more articles, courses and events relevant to your Continuing Professional Development requirements.

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