Stress can happen anytime and to anyone. It is not limited to one type of age group, gender, or work background. Stress can cause the quality of your work to be lowered, irritability, and worse. It is hazardous to your health and general well being. As much as we want to perform well with our work, sometimes, the extreme struggle to achieve a lot can itself cause lowered performance because of stress.
Work-related stress is common these days when having a job in the time of recession is a matter of survival. You need to understand that stress is a normal response by your body and that it is triggered by different situations. It is not an abnormality, and it is not unique to some individuals.
Common Causes of Work Related Stress
- Meeting Deadlines – If your work is time dependent, this will usually cause stress. Any drawback or disturbance can cause irritability or tension, and you may get even more stressed as you try to make the deadline.
- Poor Working Conditions – If you are uninspired or unhappy with the working conditions, you have a low salary for example, you may find yourself struggling just to go to work everyday.
- Working Relationships – If you do not get along with your co-workers or your boss, then stress will definitely arise. Too much competition with the co-workers can drive you to do more than you can handle in order to prove yourself. Struggling to perform more tasks than you can manage can cause stress.
- Too Much Work – If you have more work than you can accomplish in the time frame allotted to you, this will definitely cause poor results in the quality of work that is produced. Although, there are some individuals who work better under stress and time constraints, every individual has his or her own breaking points.
- Poor Performance – If your work is not up to par and you want to do better, this may cause you to stress out. This is especially applicable if do not like your work or if it is not something you are good at, and it will make your work a constant struggle.
Typical Signs of Stress
- Lowered performance at work
- Problems focusing
- Body pains
- High blood pressure
- Extreme changes in weight (gain or loss)
Note that these signs are different for each individual, and they are just a few examples of the signs and symptoms of stress. Some symptoms are unique to an individual, and some are more common.
How to Combat Work Related Stress
- Take a Break – When you feel tired, you should take a break. Take a walk, eat a healthy snack, or take a short nap if permitted or if possible.
- Good Time Management – Good time management involves planning your day well. It is one of the keys to doing things right the first time and avoiding repetitions that eat up more of your time. With correct scheduling and planning, you get to achieve more and finish faster. When you make a plan for the day, you can also get a better view of what you can feasibly finish in that day.
- Avoid Cramming – If you have the time to finish something, do it at once. If you put it off today, you will only have more work to do tomorrow. Remember that you cannot take back the time that already passed.
- Don’t Take on Too Much – Do not accept more work than you can handle. If you cannot handle a job or if you think you already have enough workload, discuss it with your boss.
- Maintain Good Relationships – Maintain a good rapport with your co-workers. Keeping the lines of communication open helps to alleviate stress and tension between colleagues. Building a good relationship with them makes the workplace more homey and easy to handle.
- Stay Healthy – Exercise, eat well, and enough rest and sleep. These things will help you combat stress. An unhealthy lifestyle can cause stress and will make you unable to perform the tasks at hand.
In this world where survival depends on our ability to earn a living, we need to be able to function well in our chosen fields of work lest we find ourselves feeling burdened and stressed most of the time. Lessening stress at work leads to better outlook on things, and in the end, it will result in better work performance.
What is causing you to stress out at work? What are the steps you’ve taken to combat work-related stress?
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