Did you know that a full-time job from 20 to 65 years means that you are working for more than 93,000 hours? If you don’t know how to handle stress at work, those are a lot of unfortunate hours. And work stress can also occur after your working day. However, it is possible to tackle the importance of your work, so it does not take over your life. You only need a plan.
Create a do-it-yourself DIY plan. In a 12-step work stress plan, I would stand here and say, “Hello, I am a workaholic.” Or a recovering one in any case. I used to go to bed to worry about work, dream about it, and get stressed again. I have done everything possible, developed a whole series of stress-related ailments and collapsed on my days off.
So I’m here to tell you it’s not worth it. If your business starts to deteriorate, as do many of me, your investment in blood, sweat, and tears will mean very little. Instead, if you make a plan today to deal with your stress at work, you can also deal with job hazards that may occur tomorrow.
1. Recognize that being stressed out at work is not the same as doing good work. You may think your boss should see you stressed out to understand how hard you work. But if you keep the stress that you put on your work, you avoid doing your best. Your mind will be sharper, and you will get more done with a good night’s sleep.
Organize the end of each workday to be ready for the next, and you will have more confidence to go home. Get some exercise to eliminate tension, or do some fun activity to freshen up your mind. Switch off your telephone, do not check your business e-mail and do not request your evenings back. Empty your head before you go to bed and start fresh tomorrow.
2. Evaluate where your stress comes. Is it the work itself? Are you confused, or do you feel over your head? If so, a good boss would instead you ask for clarification than do things wrong. Ask if there is extra training available or follow lessons to increase your understanding. The more you know, the less suitable you are to feel overwhelmed.
View all other sources of job stress in the same way. It could be your colleagues, your work schedule, or a non-stop pace. Treating each stressor is much more useful than trying to tackle it together.
3. Drop the gossip. Gossip in the workplace is a parasite. It needs constant nutrition and only leaves terrible feelings. In the beginning, you might want to become a member. But if the gossipers talk about everyone, you will soon worry about what they say about you. You will emphasize who would want your job, or whatever, someone else could do to sabotage your career.
When you remove yourself from gossip in the workplace, a lot of stress on your work will magically disappear.
4. You are not responsible for other people’s problems. Are you the person who colleagues and subordinates use for support? It is nice to feel needed until their problems oppress you. A great boss once reminded me that the camp advisor was not in my job description. It was a valuable lesson that helped me lose a lot of stress at work and probably helped other people learn to cope independently.
5. If the job is right, admit it, and consider a change. Sometimes some great work was not that great anymore. Maybe the work itself has changed, or the people you value have disappeared. Or perhaps you knew it from day one.
Keep doing the best work you can do, because you owe it to them and yourself to do this. But start planning an exit strategy from a position of strength. Studies have shown that a lot of work stress occurs when we have little control. Taking control of your future and going to a job that suits you better can cause a significant change in your feelings, so you will have much less stress at work to deal with