Posted on Jan 25, 2012 @[email protected]

Stand Up to Work Induced Stress

As the economy has struggled, employees have been forced to take on more work, get paid less and become increasingly aware of the fact that they are replaceable.  There are always at least a few individuals who would happily step in and take over their job.  A true sense of job security is hard to come by and subsequently the amount of stress induced by work has sky rocketed.  We all know that stress isn’t healthy and that it can decrease the quality of your work, but there are some steps you can take in order to reduce the amount of stress your workday causes.

First of all, consider the way your attitude impacts your fellow employees.  Nobody enjoys spending time with somebody who is always negative.  Instead of letting your stress negatively affect your attitude and subsequently the attitudes of your co-workers, try and lend a helping hand when you feel like you need a break from your work.  In you have a positive impact on a co-workers project you’ll feel more accomplished which can help to relieve stress and will improve confidence.  It will also ensure that you stay social throughout your work day.

Second, try and find meaning in your work.  Ask yourself why you chose this line of work in the first place.  What did you originally set out to accomplish?  Reminding yourself why your work matters can help to make the little tasks feel more relevant.  Big picture thinking can help to relieve stress brought about by too much focus on accomplishing the details.

Third, make sure your expectations are realistic.  Your job isn’t going to fulfill every single one of your needs.  You’re likely going to need to venture out to find social and intellectual opportunities.  If you find a close friend group at work that is fabulous but it’s not necessarily your employers responsibility.  You may find yourself losing friends as you stay with a company longer as there is bound to be a certain amount of migration, and that can feel discouraging, however you should try to focus on your responsibilities at work and maintain those friendships outside of the workplace.  It is certainly important that you maintain your social life regardless of how social your workplace is because it will help increase your satisfaction in life and decrease your stress levels.

Lastly try and view problems as challenges.  When something goes awry look at it as an opportunity to overcome a hurdle as opposed to a problem that has to be dealt with.  If you look forward to figuring out a solution as opposed to simply getting through something you’ll find your work a lot less stressful and a lot more enjoyable.

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