Managing Workplace Stress

Learn techniques for dealing with workplace stress and practice these with interactive online exercises.

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Course overview


CPD Accredited

48 online lessons

Digital certificate

5 practice exercises

3 hours of learning

Course outcomes

Understand the symptoms and causes of stress

Learn steps you can take to deal with your stress

Practice dealing with stressful situations in the safety of exercises

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Overcome workplace stress with interactive exercises

Stress in the workplace is common. In 2019, work-related stress, depression and anxiety accounted for 40% of work-related illnesses. At some point during your career, you will most likely experience work-related stress. A small amount of stress is normal but when it becomes chronic it is harmful and can spill into your personal life.

To manage stress, you must be able to recognize the symptoms and learn the techniques to cope with it.

In this course, we cover important steps you can take to deal with your stress, which you'll then be able to practice online, from the safety of the virtual world.

Online learning, done differently

This course combines online learning with practice for a unique learning approach. At certain points throughout this Managing Workplace Stress course, you'll be prompted to practice what you've learned.

Learn online courses

Learn online, anytime

Complete a series of videos, quizzes, and case studies through our online platform - available to access at any time.

Practice exercises

Practice exercises

Practice managing your stress with online exercises which can be repeated, all within the safety of the virtual world.

Improve with feedback

Improve with feedback

Receive feedback on your performance to help identify areas you need to improve to overcome workplace stress.

Course content

  • Outline of the course, including useful links, case studies, and how to use the practice exercises to get the most benefit.
  • Course overview and welcome
  • About the exercises
  • What are the symptoms of workplace stress and how you can identify them with the help of online activities and lectures.
  • Stress questionnaire
  • What is stress?
  • How common is stress and anxiety in the workplace
  • The right level of stress
  • Symptoms of stress: Behavioural symptoms
  • Symptoms of stress: Emotional symptoms
  • Stress response: Physical signs and symptoms
  • Overview of your symptoms
  • Cognitive symptoms (thoughts)
  • Labelling unhelpful thinking styles
  • Worry
  • Setting goals
  • This module looks at the causes and triggers of stress, why it varies between people and the benefits of CBT.
  • Common sources of stress in the workplace
  • Triggers
  • Why does stress vary between people?
  • What is cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)?
  • The vicious cycle
  • Public speaking and lacking assertiveness are common causes of stress. Learn how to reduce your fear of speaking and how to say "no" to colleagues.
  • Improving public speaking skills
  • Practice: Impromptu speaking
  • Practising assertiveness
  • Practice: Saying "no"
  • Dealing with angry clients or staff
  • Managing your time can really help to reduce your stress. This module looks at how to prioritise work and other useful behaviours such as sleep.
  • Time-management overview
  • Activity diary
  • Time-management and organisation tips
  • Prioritise your demands
  • Life outside of work
  • Socialising
  • Sleep overview, stages, and hygiene
  • Quarter of an hour rule
  • Challenging unhelpful thoughts
  • Different relaxation techniques, benefits of mindfulness, and how to challenge your thoughts and worries.
  • Relaxation
  • Controlled breathing
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Mindfulness
  • Challenge your thoughts
  • Worry tree
  • Worry time
  • Problem solving
  • Learn how to prevent relapse around negative thoughts and the different treatments available to you.
  • Relapse management
  • MBSR
  • Alternative and additional treatments
  • Medications
  • Complementary therapy

Your instructor

Emily Hall

Emily Hall

Emily is a cognitive-behavioral therapist for the National Health Service in the U.K., with a background working in mental health. She uses CBT in her daily practice and has training in additional psychotherapeutic approaches.

Practice exercises

At key points during the online part of the course, you'll be prompted to practice what you've learned in one of the following exercises.

Explore all the exercises available on the VirtualSpeech platform.

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