TRADIES HEALTH MONTH: What do you do to manage your stress?
TRADIES HEALTH MONTH: What do you do to manage your stress? Donna Jones

Why managing stress should be a priority for tradies

IF YOU'RE feeling stressed out, you shouldn't ignore it.

Trades workers have demanding jobs that can be both physically and emotionally draining, and taking care of your mental health plays a major part in achieving overall health.

Living Values Australia national co-ordinator Roger Miles said when you felt the symptoms of stress, it was a sign you hadn't prioritised yourself.

"From my perspective, it's a lack of self-values,” he said.

"Somehow, we've forgotten to look after ourselves, projecting most of our positive energy out into the world instead.

"Less regard for our own wellbeing is how stress comes around.”

Mr Miles said if you couldn't help yourself, you would not be able to help others.

"Stress is what happens when you become impacted by the world outside and starts to be uncontrollable,” he said.

"It can impact on relationships with friends, family and our environment.

"Only when you have a surplus of happiness, that's when you should extend yourself to others.”

Mr Miles said tradies were heavily relied upon in our society, and their health was important to all of us.

"Trades workers are the interface between the general population and all the things they need to maintain a standard of living,” he said.

"Without the tradies to resolve our industrial difficulties and problems, we could not function without them in a community.

"However, because tradies have a ton of jobs in a day, that stress can really build up.”

As stress can have a range of different causes, Mr Miles said it was important that tradies prioritised their happiness.

"The greatest element to helping reduce some stress for tradies is by making sure they're happy in their employment,” he said.

"With a good work environment, it will reflect on how well the team can perform at their jobs.

"In general, we all really need to look at why we're not happy, what the cause is, and how we can help to change it.”

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