Stress at work exists and will most likely continue to exist. I deal with it just like everyone else.
Job stress is real!
“Job stress can be defined as the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker. Job stress can lead to poor health and even injury” Centers for Disease Control
Stress on the job could be caused by working conditions, but also our perspective and our individual characteristics, can be a factor.
Sometimes we cannot do much about what causes stress, but we can definitely do things to manage it. Some jobs are naturally stressful, like first responders. Sometimes it's the people or environment that is stressful, like many call centers.
Recognize the Signs
- Trouble sleeping
- Anxiety, feeling depressed
- Trouble concentrating
- Loss of interest in work
These are just a few signs that may show stress. Find out more about signs of stress from the American Psychological Association.
Identify the Cause
Knowing what triggers your stress can help manage it. Is it your job duties, a co-worker, client, a project, not enough sleep, working through lunch? Once you figure out what irks you at work you're in a better position to solve the problem.
Managing Stress at Work
I am not exempt from stress at work. I found ways to combat the stressors and make each day a great one. Minimizing stress at work is crucial for a successful work day and your peace of mind. Here are the 9 things I do to deal with stress in the office:
- Talk about it
- Eat & Stay Hydrated
- Take breaks
- Leave work at work
- Find a resolution
- Do your best and don't stress the rest!
Cheers to stressing less and living more!