No matter how much you love or hate your job, you’re going to feel some sort of work-related stress in your life. This can come up for many different reasons: low salaries, being overworked, lack of growth opportunities, a lack of control over job-related decisions, conflicting demands, and so on. Short-term stress is to be expected, depending on the work you need to get done. When the stress becomes chronic, that’s when it really becomes a problem since it can seriously impact your physical and emotional health.
The American Institute of Stress says that 94% of American workers felt stress due to their workplace in 2019. Job tension can’t always be avoided, but when only 6% of American workers don’t feel stressed due to their job, that’s when you know it’s a problem. Luckily, there are ways that people can deal with the stress they feel, allowing them to cope and (hopefully) let the stress affect them less. If your job stresses you, consider using these methods to manage it.
Track your stressors
If you don’t know what, exactly, is stressing you out about your job, that can cause even more stress. The first step to any problem is finding its route, and in this case, it’s best if you try to track your stressors. Record everything in a journal for a week or two and write everything down: your thoughts, feelings, what was happening that day, and your reactions. Writing this stuff down can help you discover a pattern in your stressors and how you react because of them.
Establish healthy responses
Stress eating and getting a drink at the bar are common “solutions” to stress. Not only do they only put a temporary stopper on the stress, but they also aren’t the healthiest options either. Rather than turn to these options, try things like exercising, yoga, finding or continuing a hobby, and making sure you get enough sleep at night.
In a digital world, there’s no real boundary anymore between your work life and private life. Computers and smartphones may make you feel like you have to be available 24/7, and that’s no good. Reduce your stress by establishing work-life boundaries, such as not checking your email once you’re home or not taking phone calls outside of the workday. This can help reduce any work-life conflict and make your life feel more balanced.