From minor challenges to major crises, stress is part of life. However, when stress and anxiety becomes overwhelming, or it’s chronic, it can take a toll on your well-being and while you can’t always control the circumstances that surround you, you can manage how you respond to them.
Since the ‘new normal’ has ushered working from home into our daily lives, the options you choose to relieve stress might not be an option when you’re back in the office. So it’s important to have a variety of relief tools at your disposal. This way, you’ll be able to pick a method that helps you combat any anxiety and stress you may be going through.
As defined by the Mental Health Foundation, anxiety is a type of fear usually associated with the thought of a threat or something going wrong in the future, but can also arise from something happening right now. More worryingly, the foundation found that 8.2 million cases of anxiety had been found in the UK, with these situations being heavily linked to stress.
“One of the things that I think can be challenging with mental health is the expectations that we set for ourselves. The ones that we imagine other people have for us and the ones that we’re holding up to the standards we’re holding ourselves to, and whether those are realistic or kind. One of the overarching things that I’ve learned about myself is that being kind in myself when I’m setting expectations and being kind to myself, when I am struggling to meet those is really important.”
“At the same time, if I’m finding myself getting those early warning signs of being anxious or stressed, writing down before I go to bed, what is one thing that I’m grateful for, what is one thing that I am proud of achieving that day, and what is one thing I’m looking forward to tomorrow? That’s the last thing I do before I go to bed and this way it is so much easier to be able to sleep well knowing I’m looking forward to tomorrow already.”
About Nikki Hill
Nikki is an executive coach and established talent professional whose career within multinational, FTSE 100 and privately owned organisations has spanned luxury fashion, telecommunications, food retail and financial services. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Organisational Behaviour and in 2019 gained her ICF accredited Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching from the AoEC.
Nikki is accredited by the British Psychological Society to administer and interpret psychometric assessments. Born in the UAE, brought up in Hong Kong and having worked in Shanghai for two years, Nikki has first hand cross-cultural experience that she’s drawn upon in regional and global roles partnering across APAC, EMEIA and Americas. She now lives in South London.