Do you regularly feel overwhelmed, anxious or stressed at work? You’re not alone!
Common causes of work-related stress include a misbalance between the workload and the current capacity. Changes and unclear performance expectations also contribute to stress.
Work-related stress typically doesn’t clear up at the end of the workday. It can take a toll on your health and emotional well-being.
In the short term, a stressful work environment can contribute to problems such as headaches, stomachaches, sleep disturbances, short tempers and difficulty concentrating.
Chronic stress can result in anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system.
In extreme cases of stress, depression, obesity and heart disease may occur.
DEALING WITH STRESS
Keep track of your stressors by writing them down to identify what events caused you to feel stressed at work. Write down how you responded to the events, including how you felt. You can then look for patterns among your stressors and anticipate your reactions to them.
Create healthy responses to your stressors. Exercise can be a great stress reliever, as can reading a book. Also, get plenty of sleep.
Establish boundaries, such as not answering your phone during dinner or not checking your email in the evening.
Take time for yourself. Don’t let your vacation days go unused!
Practice relaxing. Learn a new technique to relax, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises or mindfulness.
Reach out to your supervisor or manager to come up with an effective plan for managing the stressors you’ve identified, so you can perform at your best on the job.