Stress is an unwelcome guest that invites itself into many of our lives. Many people feel its weight, especially at work throughout the week.
Why can work be so stressful? How can you navigate work-related stress? And what happens if we don't deal with it?
Examples of Work Stressors
Work isn't just about doing your job. Sometimes, other things make it hard. Here are some common reasons people feel stressed at work:
- High Workload & Long Hours: When your inbox is always full of tasks and the clock keeps ticking, it's easy to feel overwhelmed.
- Low Work Satisfaction: If you don't enjoy what you do or you feel your work doesn't matter, it can make you unhappy.
- Lack of Work-Life Balance: When work eats into your family time or personal hobbies, it's tough to relax and recharge.
- Communication Problems: Not being able to talk to your teammates or supervisor can create stressful misunderstandings.
- Unclear Job Roles: If you're unsure about what you should be doing, it's easy to feel lost and overwhelmed.
- Job Insecurity: Worrying if you'll still have your job tomorrow is a big stressor for many.
The more you can overcome or work through these barriers, the more likely you’ll be able to battle work-related stress.
Impact of Uncontrolled Stress at Work
Ignoring stress can have significant effects on your mental health. Letting it build up can hurt you in a variety of ways:
- Health Troubles: Stress can lead to headaches, tiredness, and even getting sick more often. Our bodies tell us when something's wrong.
- Mental Health Issues: Ever felt so tired you can't think straight? Stress can cause anxiety and depression. It can lead to burnout, where you feel empty and don't want to work anymore.
- Less Work Done: When you're stressed, you can't do your best. Tasks take longer, and mistakes happen more.
- Missing Work: Too much stress can make people skip work. That's bad for you and your team as it puts you behind and leaves the team picking up the pieces.
- Fracture Work Relationships: Stress can make us snap at others. It can hurt your relationships at work.
Stress doesn't just stay at work. It comes home with us. It can make our whole life hard. But there are ways to handle it.
How to Manage Stress
Dealing with stress is like learning a new skill. It takes time, but you can do it. Here are five tips to help you handle the pressure:
Prioritize and Delegate
You don't need to do everything alone. List your tasks from most to least important. Do the big ones first.
It's okay to ask for help or pass some tasks to others.
Breaks and Downtime
Ever watched a movie non-stop and felt tired? Work is the same.
Take short breaks. Stretch, walk, or simply relax for a while every now and then. These pauses refresh your mind.
It's like drawing a line. Decide when work starts and ends. Stick to that schedule unless it’s an emergency.
This helps you enjoy free time without thinking about work.
Talk to someone. A friend, family, or a coworker. They might have good advice.
Talking often makes things feel better. You may even consider speaking with a professional who can help you develop strategies to maintain your mental health.
Use Relaxation Techniques
Ever tried deep breathing? Or maybe listening to calm music?
These simple tricks can help relax your mind and body. Make them part of your day to feel relaxed and calm.
Embrace a Balanced Work-Life to Avoid Stress
Work is important. But so is your well-being. Balancing both is the key.
Many people face work stress. But with the right tools and support, you can navigate through it.
If you or a loved one is struggling with their mental health due to work-related stress, get in touch with Aurora Behavioral Health-Arizona today. We’re here for your support.