• Monica Singer

Coping with Work-Related Stress

This summer heat is getting so hot now that the last thing we want is to get to work and deal with petty drama and toxic coworkers. But many of us don’t have that luxury of working in a private space and must deal with the pressures that come with an office filled with drama. On top of that, we might even have a boss or supervisor that is putting unnecessary strain on our work load. It is therefore very important that we learn to manage our stress and stop it from building up. Dealing with stress right away will help improve our emotional and mental health, which will keep you happy. And a happy person is also a happy work colleague.

Organize Your Thoughts and Emotions

With all things mental and emotional, we think that we can just leave them on the side for them to go away on their own. But they won’t! They will manifest physically as chronic pain and lack of sleep. Then it will escalate to high blood pressure, anxiety, and an overall weak immune system. So, the very first thing you need to do is be mindful of what’s causing your life to be plagued with stress. Take the time to reflect on your responsibilities and how they’re affecting you. Write down the ways you have seen yourself respond to stressful situations. By having these things on paper, you have materialized them and literally grabbed a hold of them. Just as you organize your schedule by writing down appointments, now you will organize your thoughts and deal with your stress much more efficiently.

Don’t Bring Your Work Home

I’m sure you’ve heard this before, that once you get home you shouldn’t be thinking about work. But this goes beyond thoughts themselves; in order to really stop work from coming home with you, you need to close off any type of work-related communication. This may sound difficult but you have to set boundaries if you want peace of mind. Your boss and coworkers might find it easy to send you text messages after work hours because everyone is on their phone now a days, but this also means that your work invades your home. Before you know it, you will become frustrated at the thought of always having work on your mind. Make it a point to not check your work emails at home and to not respond to anything that gets to you outside your work time. Home is a place for you to feel safe and relaxed after a stressful day, it is not an extension of your office.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

The last thing you need is for YOU to contribute to your stress. You may think that resorting to alcohol to drink your stress away will make you feel better, but you’ll only be harming yourself physically – not to mention, developing an addiction. The best thing you can do for yourself is to load up on vegetables and fruits. Relying on processed foods to get by will weaken your body over time. Be kind to yourself and exercise daily; doesn’t matter if it’s one hour, 30 minutes, or even 15 minutes a day – just move your body. A strong body will support you through hard times. Most importantly, a healthy body equals a healthy mind, and a healthy body and mind results in a happier you.

Above all, be honest with yourself and accept that you’re not invincible – and that’s ok. Give yourself time to recover from the daily stress of life. Love yourself, you deserve to be happy.

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