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Five ways to deal with job and workplace stress

Career Tips
By Esther Muchene | 5 months ago | 4 min read

 If you ask people how they feel about their jobs most would rather chew on nails (Image: Shutterstock)

Having a job, you love and pays well is a blessing very few people will ever experience in their lifetime.

If you ask most people how they feel about their jobs, they would rather chew on nails.

Good thing however is, there has been a rise in awareness on the connection between workplace pressures and mental health.

There are many of us who have struggled with work related stress to a point where you feel like none of the benefits are worth it anymore.

For as long as you’re working, whether you’re employed or working for yourself, it’s inevitable that you’ll go through tough times. But the good thing is that there are certain things you can do to reduce the stress during those challenging moments:

  • Structure your day well

Having a well-organized day can greatly help you reduce the stress you’re feeling. When you’re used to pushing through life in a disorganized manner, you’re bound to miss out on your everyday goals and that will certainly cause the stress to pile up.

You can start adopting habits like daily to-do lists along with good time management to give you enough clarity for each day.

  • Set firm boundaries

In many jobs, it’s guaranteed that you’ll have to handle additional tasks delegated to you that you hadn’t initially signed up for.

While all this is unavoidable, you still have a right to speak up when you’re feeling overwhelmed. It’s okay to let your supervisor know when you’re not able to handle those extra tasks being tossed your way because after all, you’re not superhuman.

They might actually split the work instead of assuming you’re able to handle everything on your own.

It’s best to communicate clearly and set firm boundaries to avoid being overwhelmed with work load and stress.

 Best to communicate clearly and set firm boundaries to avoid being overwhelmed with tasks (Image: Shutterstock)
  • Ignore the workplace drama

Getting involved with drama at the office is always risky. It can be a little tempting to find out what the latest news is but in the long run, it can actually lead to pointless tensions.

If you want a peaceful experience at work focus on what your goals are and leave out the unnecessary stress. You can imagine how horrible it can be if at any point you’re dragged into an embarrassing situation full of drama at work.

It will be easier for you to tackle work related stress alone than combining that with petty issues at the office.

  • Find a healthy work-life balance

Life isn’t just about working. Of course, there is no shortcut to true success besides hard work but it’s just not wise to overwork and leave no time for yourself.

Find time to enjoy your hobbies, spend time with family and catch up with your friends too. Also, don’t neglect your self-care days because that’s also a form of therapy.

So, while you strive for success, make sure you’re not putting yourself under too much stress to a point where you’re actually risking your health.

Put that money you’re working so hard for to work for you and enjoy it otherwise it is pointless to wake up in the morning and go through all that stress to get money you don’t even get to spend.

  • Create your own happiness

Appreciating the little things in life brings in a lot more peace than people think. You might find that using colorful pens to take notes makes you happy or maybe your mood is boosted when you have a family photo framed on your table.

Do whatever it is that makes you smile while you handle your responsibilities. It’s the small things that can actually make your everyday life more fulfilling regardless of how much pressure you’re under.

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