In This Chapter
Dealing with unreasonable demands
Regaining a sense of control
Managing redundancy hanging over your head
Reducing your stress levels with mindful exercises
However good you are at your job or happy you are in your work, at some time or other you’ll feel under pressure. This chapter looks at some of the most commonly experienced pressures and some ways that mindfulness can help you deal with them.
The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines workplace stress as ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them at work’. In 2012, it identified six factors that can lead to work-related stress if they’re not managed properly: demands, control, support, relationships, role and change. This chapter starts by exploring these six in turn before moving on to some more general pressures you may encounter at some time or other.
In the current economic climate, many organisations are looking at ways to cut costs. Making ...