Keeping Your Head Above Water Surviving Stress and Change

Most of us have some skills in dealing with stress.  Either we go for a walk, have a coffee, talk to someone…Yet we don’t realise that we also do those things even when we’re not stressed.  So why can’t we establish those activities in our everyday schedule so that we don’t actually have to reach the state where both our body and mind goes “We need to de-stress!”

What is the difference between a diamond and a piece of charcoal?  They are both made of Carbon atoms, yet the former can stand much more pressure than the latter.  It’s the nature of the diamond that makes it so exceptional to stress that it can manage in any situation.

How can you add diamond elements into your core structure of personal characteristics?:

Know thyself. Without awareness, there is no way you can survive stress.  Know what ticks you off.  Stay away from those stimuli that push your buttons.  The more you can identify, the easier you can tackle them.

A sweet thing tasted too often is no longer sweet. How you have dealt with stress in the past might or might not work anymore. Look outside of the box, do something you have never done before. Embrace everyday tasks and create something new for yourself so that when stress and change comes, you don’t feel so alienated.

Hasten slowly. Practice to do things with a sense of urgency.  Your performance and productivity are at your peak when you’re under pressure with a proper balance of urgency and diligence.  Do not rush but make sure you don’t waste your time.  Stress will not catch up with you, if you prioritise your time.Moderation is best. Make sure you celebrate.  Take time to acknowledge your achievement and success.  Be realistic on your expectations.  You get more inspiration and creativity if you allow yourself to feel comfortable with your pressure during the toughest time.Stress will always be around.  Acknowledge and embrace it with your coolest outlook so that it can never tackle you.

Here are a few tips to mindfulness to keep you centred and focused on reducing your stress:

  • Know where you are, not just the place, but the actual surroundings
  • What does the air feel like?
  • Do you need fresh air?
  • How is the temperature at your desk or work station?
  • Do you have a view at your desk or work station?
  • What is the environment like? How often do you check the outside environment?
  • Take some moments and notice things around you.
  • Sit for one minute just listening to the tick of the clock, and each time your mind wanders, take a deep breath and restart

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Slips….

Trips….

Falls….

Slips and trips result in thousands of injuries every year in Australia. The most common ones are musculoskeletal injuries, cuts, bruises, fractures and dislocations but more serious injuries can also occur.

Slips occur when a person’s foot loses traction with the ground surface due to wearing inappropriate footwear or when walking on slippery floor surfaces such as those that are highly polished, wet or greasy.

Trips occur when a person unexpectedly catches their foot on an object or surface. In most cases people trip on low obstacles that are not easily noticed such as uneven edges in flooring, loose mats, opened drawers, untidy tools or cables from electrical equipment.

Falls can result from a slip or trip but many also occur during falls from low heights such as steps, stairs and curbs, falling into a hole or a ditch or into a body of water.

There are various ways to control the risk of slips and trips, listed below in order of their effectiveness (known as the hierarchy of controls):

 

Hierarchy of control Examples
Eliminate the hazard Remove slip and trip hazards at the design stage such as eliminating changes in floor levels and installing more power outlets to avoid trailing cords.
Substitution Replace flooring with a more slip-resistant surface.
Isolation Prevent access to high risk areas, for example cordon off wet floor areas while cleaning is in progress.
Engineering controls (redesign)
  • Apply floor treatments to increase slip resistance
  • Improve lighting
  • Stop leaks from equipment or pipes
  • Provide adequate drainage
  • Clearly mark edges of steps and any changes in floor height.
Administrative controls
  • Implement good housekeeping practices including keeping access ways clear and cleaning up spills immediately
  • Use signage to warn of wet or slippery areas
  • Provide training and supervision.
Personal protective equipment Wear slip-resistant footwear.

 

More than one control measure may be needed to provide the best protection.

Identifying slip and trip hazards
Common slip hazards include:

  • spills of liquid or solid material
  • wet cleaning methods
  • wind-driven rain or snow through doorways
  • a sudden change in floor surface, for example joins between carpet and polished timber
  • change from wet to dry surface
  • dusty and sandy surfaces
  • the incline of a ramp
  • loose or bumpy flooring
  • low light levels
  • use of unsuitable footwear.
Common trip hazards include:

  • ridges in floors or carpets
  • worn floor coverings or broken tiles
  • potholes and cracks in floors
  • changes in floor level
  • thresholds and doorstops
  • floor sockets and phone jacks
  • cables from power extension units
  • loads that obstruct vision
  • obstacles in traffic areas.

 

Controlling the risks of tripping

Ways to eliminating tripping hazards include:

  • provide storage areas separate to work areas
  • provide sufficient storage systems to keep materials out of aisles
  • provide sufficient power sockets and computer service jacks to minimise or remove the requirement for cords on the floor (where possible)
  • remove or cover protruding sockets on the floor
  • securely stack goods and avoiding single towering stacks
  • hang power cords over work areas rather than on the floor
  • clean up workplaces and remove rubbish or obstructions regularly
  • display visual cues, such as warning strips and signs to alert pedestrians about changed or uneven surfaces.

More information
More work health and safety resources are available on the Safe Work Australia website.