How To Cope When Things Are Stressful At Your Job
Most people spend 40 hours of their week at work. That’s almost 36% of the average person’s waking hours! So more than 1/3 of your time is spent at your job. Do you want to minimize your amount of work stress so you can feel more calm in your life overall?
Unfortunately, it is becoming more and more common for people to feel stressed at work. According to The American Institute Of Stress:
In addition to these consequences, work stress can trickle over into your personal life and overall life satisfaction. When you are experiencing stress at work, it can be difficult to “leave your job at the door” when you get home. This can result in increased conflict with your family or significant other, increased rates of anxiety and depression, increased consumption of drugs, alcohol, overeating, and other unhealthy coping skills.
With all of this work stress and the consequences, it is essential to find effective ways of coping- especially if it’s not in the cards for you to look for a new job right now. Keep reading for 5 easy ways to reduce work stress.
Create A Morning Routine
Starting the day off right with a morning routine that you enjoy can help you get started on the right foot before your work day. When you prioritize yourself first and start the day off slow, this will certainly translate into a positive mindset for the rest of the day. Usually at work other people control and dictate your time, so this time focused on taking care of yourself first will help you feel less resentful when it comes time to work for others.
Here are some ideas for how to implement a calming morning routine:
Build Positive And Professional Relationships
One of the most challenging aspects of work can be dealing with other people. You don’t have to like your coworkers, but you do have to cooperate with them enough to get the job done. This can be difficult if you don’t like your coworkers or if you struggle with conflict or if you allow your emotions to get the better of you.
Having a friend a work can be great, and actually leads to increased job satisfaction. But there may still be those people that you don’t like, stress you out, or you just don’t see eye to eye with.
Here are my tips to stay civil and professional with your coworkers, especially when the going gets tough:
Prioritize And Organize
Overwhelm leads to stress, and overwhelm happens when you are not prioritizing and organizing your tasks. It can be so easy to keep taking on more and more tasks, trying to multi-task to get things done, and getting stressed out as a result.
Not prioritizing and organizing can result in you having to stay late to finish work, constantly feeling as though you are running in place to catch up, and never being able to slow down. Follow the tips below for easy ways to increase your productivity and decrease your work stress.
“But I am way too busy!” I am already anticipating the resistance to this because I know so many people who tell me that they just don’t have time for a break because they are so overwhelmed. Did you know that not taking a break actually decreases your productivity? It makes it harder for you to focus which will increase your stress levels resulting in a vicious cycle of stress.
Even if it’s only for 15 minutes, taking a break is so extremely beneficial for your sanity at work. And on top of that, labor laws in the United States require breaks so please take advantage of them. Check out my tips for taking breaks below.
Let Go Of What You Can’t Control
My final tip to decrease work stress is practicing acceptance. So much of stress relief comes from your perception and mindset regarding your stressors. People often suffer because they don’t agree with workplace policies, politics, or the opinions of others. But these attitudes are only helpful if they motivate you to create change and you actually can create change.
But quite often (especially in a corporate environment), you have no control over company policies, and you never have control over the opinions of others. Accepting what you cannot control and doing your very best on your own is the only thing you can do in many situations.
This is especially true if you have been complaining and suffering for weeks, months, or even years about the same things and nothing has changed or gotten better! If this is the case, the only thing you can change is your attitude and making efforts to not create more suffering through complaining.
I only have one tip here:
Work stress can be a pain: physically and mentally! Use the tips above to help you find ways to reduce work stress by making things even a little more enjoyable and tolerable.