Even if you love what you do, every work has its own stressful elements. You may experience pressure to meet deadline or to fulfill a challenging obligation. When work stressors become chronic and hectic, it can be overwhelming and harmful to both your emotional and physical health.
Some of the workplace stressors are excessive workloads, few opportunities for growth, work that is not engaging, lack of social support, not having enough control over job-related decision, low salaries and unclear performance expectations.
Therefore, stressful work environment can contribute to problems such as head ache, stomach ache, sleep disturbances, short temper and difficulty concentrating. It can result in insomnia, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system.
So, how do you manage and cope with work stressor? Considering that you have to take care of your home because you are married and you have to settle issues because you are engaged or single, here are few tips that will help you.
First, you need to track the stressors. Jot in your note pad the situations that create the most stress and how you respond to them. Record your thoughts and your actions. Did you shout or raise your voice? Were you quiet or how exactly did you react? The notes will help you find patterns among your stressors.
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Develop healthy responses. Instead of fighting stress with food or alcohol, you can do your best to make healthy choices when you feel tensed. Some of which are exercise, Yoga and form of physical activities. You can also get enough sleep for stress management.
Also, establish boundaries. You need to establish and set work-life boundaries for yourself. It is a rule not to check email from home in the evening or not answering phone during dinner. Well, we all have different preferences when it comes to how much we can they blend our work.
Learn how to relax. Some techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises and mindfulness (a state in which you actively observe present experiences and thoughts with judging them) can help to melt away stress.
Furthermore, talk to your boss. Your boss can help you to create a work environment that promotes your wellbeing. You can have an open conversation. The purpose is not to lay a list of your complaint but rather to come up with an effective plan for managing the stressors you have identified.
These tips will help you to perform at your best on you work. You can accept support and help from your trusted friends and family members. However, if it persists, I advise to speak to a psychologist who can help you better manage stress.