Recognizing and transforming stress for the Finance – Accounting team during the epidemic situation

Recognize and transform stress for the Finance - Accounting team during the epidemic period


Mental health remains extremely important to each of us, representing an individual's overall emotional and functional health. Research has shown that up to 90% Auditors - Accountants feel stressed when working, and we all know that a good psychological state is needed to work smoothly and effectively. It also makes us feel happy and stable, feel capable, feel supported and satisfied with life.

Accompanying the difficulties of the Finance - Accounting team, the Webinar "DON'T LET YOUR ACCOUNTANT STRESS ALONE" brought to you by Bizzi Vietnam in conjunction with leading speakers in the field of psychology. She had an interesting sharing session about Stress and how to transform Stress. 

Below is the knowledge that experts shared during the Webinar, please try applying it to improve your mental health!

First of all, we need to clearly understand Stress.

What is stress? Situations that can cause stress

Stress is the level at which you feel overwhelmed or can not cope due to pressures

At the most basic level, stress is body's response under pressure

So where does accountants' stress come from?

*Causes of stress from "external" sources:

According to CABA's 2019 research on accounting professionals:

  • 41% due to overwork

  • 33% due to office politics

  • The 29% feels underrated

  • 29% due to no increase in salary or bonus

  • 28% because of too many meetings

In addition, the cause can be from worrying about the health of yourself and those around you, having to face stories of illness, worrying about the family economy, the future of children...

*Situations that can cause stress from “inside”:

  • Thoughts: often feel negative, anxious, self-blame

  • Emotions – most noticeable: Includes symptoms such as: 

– More anxiety, anger, fear than usual

– Change in personality

– Difficulty feeling relaxed and peaceful

– Loss of interest in daily activities

– Mood changes (sadness – agitation)

Along with emotions, there will often be physical reactions, which are considered physiological stress

Some reactions of the body when stressed: Often headaches, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, minor illnesses

  • Behavior: 

– Sleep disorder: Difficulty sleeping, lethargy

- Eating disorder

– Abnormal weight gain/loss (5%)

– Unable to control behavior (shopping, playing games, drinking, smoking, cleaning, scolding...)

– Reduced work productivity

– Difficulty recording information/events

- Difficulty concentrating

– Difficult/unable to make decisions

*Note: if the signs last more than 2 weeks, or there are more than 3 signs, you need to seek professional help

Thoughts - Behaviors - Emotions are interrelated. Your thoughts will cause corresponding emotions and behaviors. At the same time, emotions and behaviors also affect thoughts.

Stress can come from the "outside" and "inside" sides. External situations are often difficult to control, so be proactive with the "inside" side to transform stress from your own thoughts - behaviors - emotions.

CBT diagram – self awareness

So to transform stress, what do we need to do?

Emergency stress metabolism (Combine multiple methods if necessary)

  • Accept your feelings (Perform this exercise to be able to continue the exercises below effectively):

– Stop reacting

– Recognize stress

– Accept that you are stressed

  • Direct impact on the body:

- Do excerise

– Changes in body temperature

– Breathe slowly…

  • Release “negative” emotions:

– Share with others

-Write out

- Cry…

  • Increase positive emotions:

– Do what you love

– Praise yourself

– Practice gratitude…

  • Change your mindset:

– Look at stress in a positive way

– Focus on solutions

– Search for meaning…

  • Temporarily put emotions aside:

– Write your feelings down on paper and temporarily “store” them.

- Focus work

– Return to emotional care

Emergency stress metabolism method

Through the above sharing, we can more or less know the severity of our own stress, fatigue, and tension. Based on that, choose appropriate transformation methods and effective ways of working.

Let's share this useful information with those around us, so we can live and work more effectively, with a healthier spirit!

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