Relieving Your Work Related Stress
Everyone experiences some type of stress at the job from time to time. You can be a work-at-home parent, or a top executive in a huge law firm – it doesn’t matter. Stress can reach the calmest and the busiest person just as easily. So what can you do to relieve stress when it hits? Here are a few suggestions.
The quickest thing you can do is to remove yourself from your stressor for a little break. If you are struggling with paperwork or can’t seem to get through that report, get up and go for a walk. Cool down. Realize that it’s not the end of the world and that you know you can do it. Regain your focus and confidence and get back to work once the stress has alleviated itself.
When you get back, check out your area. There is an old saying “A disorganized house makes for disorganized thoughts.” This holds true with your workspace, too. If your desk is cluttered with things that could distract you, clean it up. There is no need to have tomorrow’s assignment staring you in the face all day long. Put it out of sight until you need to complete it.
If you are really having trouble at work and feel anxious the entire day, it may be time to look at the big picture. Are you happy in your current position? Is there something you can do to change your day? Maybe a career change is in order.
You might want to decide if staying in your current job is worth the health risk you are putting yourself through. Stress can cause physical problems like headaches, nausea, and even heart problems. It may not be worth it to keep going at the pace you currently are. Talk about your stress with your boss. Maybe the two of you can come up with a solution together.