Stress has become inevitable nowadays, let alone unavoidable. Work stress can take a toll on someone and trickle down to affect your day to day lifestyle. Work stress is divided into four major categories. It doesn’t matter what type of anxiety you have. If you look closely, it lies in one of these major four causes, that is:
- work overload and overwhelm
- difficult co-workers
- overly demanding or unreasonable bosses and
- anxiety stemming from uncertain economic time
This article focuses on strategies that can help you come around from these stresses. Additionally, it will help you make better decisions when met with any of the above challenges.
Let’s start with work overload and overwhelm
Work can be quite a task. Especially if you have many things going on, and you don’t know how to work around and deliver everything on time. Take a breather first. It is all going to work out. Look into your routine. Please change it to accommodate the urgently needed work and attended to it first. You can quickly scribble a timeline, jotting down work from the most urgent one to the least urgent to act as a guide. If it is too much to deliver on time, have a quick conversation with your boss and come up with a convenient timeline. Ask for help if need be. It works wonders.
Dealing with the stress of co-workers who don’t see eye to eye
We are designed to have unique personalities. And time to time, we are bound to find ourselves falling into disagreements with co-workers and eventually find yourselves drifting apart. It even makes it worse when you are put in a situation where a particular task needs both of you to work together to achieve its completion.
To help you out, try confronting the issue at hand with your colleague. Talk it out, and if apologies need to be made, do not hesitate to do so. If this doesn’t work, you might try requesting to work in another department. But try as much as possible to reach out. It is the surest way to offload this stress from yourself.
Overly demanding or unreasonable bosses
It is quite challenging to address an issue with your boss, especially if you are well aware that he holds the power to fire you. The good news is, there is a way that you can convey your grievances without losing your job. First, consider making an appointment ahead of time. This gives you time to rehearse what you will say and get rid of any fear or anxiety that may arise in due time. You might also want to be careful not to sound too judgemental. Be guided by discipline and a sense of steadiness.
Anxiety about the future
Well, the future holds no guarantees. But we can certainly make advances to secure it. Your job might not last long. It is advisable to try venturing into other income-generating activities. You might consider making investments or turning your hobbies into money-making ventures. Just don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Explore.
Finally, engage in physical activities. Doing exercises has shown a tremendous impact on relieving stress-related problems. Be it feelings of being overwhelmed, anxiety, or frustrations. Furthermore, you will also be contributing to your overall body health.
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