Job related stress seems all but inevitable, especially if it’s a job the worker isn’t happy with and is planning to leave. Part of this planning is updating the worker’s resume. The stress of this can be eased if the worker gives themselves time to update it. When the new resume isn’t rushed, the worker can give themselves space to think of ways to describe their employment experience in ways that are both simple and will catch the attention of a prospective employer. A resume that isn’t rushed will also give the worker time to tweak other aspects of it and to check for and correct any mistakes in spelling and grammar.
In the meantime, the worker remains at a job that’s stressful. The symptoms can be irritability, depression and an inability to concentrate on even routine tasks. A worker might overreact to situations they used to take in stride and lose interest in their personal appearance, other people, social events or activities they used to enjoy. They may also experience a loss of confidence and self-esteem.
There are, fortunately, lots of ways to get rid of, or at least reduce, stress. They can make sure their desk is near a window where they can receive light and can distract themselves with a view of the outside. The worker should tidy their desk and the area around them if they’re chaotic. A messy desk and even an overflowing wastepaper basket are surprisingly stressful. Some people are afraid of throwing out papers and notes that they might need sometime in the future. A good rule of thumb is the three-month rule. This means that everything that’s been sitting on the desk for three months and hasn’t been read or acted on needs to go somewhere else, either into the trash or a file cabinet.
The desk can then not only be neatened but brightened by vases of flowers, a houseplant, or a family photo.
They can treat themselves to something that they’d like but wouldn’t normally buy. They might keep a diary of the days where they feel especially stressed and make notes of anything that helps them relax. Everyone experiences stress warning signals and the worker should learn their own signals, whether it’s clenching their teeth or the beginnings of a headache and act on them. They can ask colleagues to tell them when they look stressed and pay attention to and learn from coworkers and others who don’t seem to suffer from stress.
The worker can also talk about situations that they find stressful to a trusted friend, relative or colleague and take walks when they’re stressed, if they can. They should take note of any changes in their eating and drinking patterns. People who are stressed can overeat or undereat and sometimes do both. They should avoid taking work home at night, get out of the habit of working late and delegate tasks, if that’s possible, if they feel swamped with work. The worker can also get rid of a lot of stress by overestimating a time that a project will take and setting realistic goals.
These should all help the worker to get rid of stress.
Learning how to deal with stress can make your working life so much easier. Stressing out too much at work will only cause you to second guess yourself and cause a career burnout. What are further methods that you can use in order to deal with stress at work?
Stop Thinking So Much
The best way to stop stressing is to stop thinking so much. When something happens to you at work, you have to simply forget about it and move on. There will be days when the boss is going to be on you about something trivial, or your co-workers will get on your nerves about something petty. The best thing to do is to simply ignore it as best you can and move on. Dwelling on a stressful situation is just going to cause more stress.
Find a Safe Place to Vent
Finding a safe place to vent at work is a healthy way to stop stressing out. Find a trusted co-worker who is willing to listen to your problems and concerns. Getting your issues out in the open can help you forget about what was bothering you in most cases. This can also help you to establish stronger bonds with those you work with. Make sure that you are willing to return the favor if need be.
Get Some Exercise In
Exercising is a great way to deal with stress and get rid of some of your pent-up frustration. It doesn’t matter when you exercise, just find some time during the day that you can devote to a good work out. Hitting the gym after work is a great way to burn off some steam while burning off some calories as well.
Stress means something different if it is the result of rewarding work rather than struggling to keep the family out of debt. Julian Baggini
Write an Angry Letter
Take all the things you wish you could say about whoever is stressing you and put it into a letter. Once you have written this letter, the best course of action is to then burn it. The burning of this letter will act as a symbol of your stress just melting away. It can be a great way to express your feelings when no one is around to listen to you.
Dealing with stress at work is a skill that you have to learn. Holding in your emotions can only hurt you in the long run. Stress will build up over time and it will come out in a manner that you cannot predict. Remember, your stress levels at work can contribute to physical ailments as well as just mental anguish. Don’t put yourself through something that you can easily control with some easy coping techniques.