You may not even know it, but your workplace could be causing you to become stressed, tired and drained. Workplace induced stress is a serious issue, and if not dealt with early on, it could develop into something far worse. Your stress levels must be kept under control in order to achieve your career goals and maintain a happy work-life balance.
- Are you working more hours than you are contracted to?
- Do you feel pressured to stay late to meet tight deadlines?
- Are you working late every week?
- Are your co-workers difficult to work with?
- Do you find it hard to communicate with your boss?
- Do you consider your workplace to have a negative or demoralizing atmosphere?
If you answered yes to these questions, then it is more than likely that your workplace is causing you to be stressed.
Managing your stress levels
There are many ways to control and manage your stress levels, here are some tips:
#1 Take time for yourself – use your weekends wisely and switch off from work to get a full 2 days of relaxation before you are back at work on Monday.
#2 Go for lunch on your lunch hour – too many employees fall victim to eating their lunch whilst still working at their desk. In fact, a growing number admit to missing lunch altogether because they are too busy with work. Always make time to eat and take your lunch hour out of the office to give yourself a break.
#3 Cap your overtime – whilst it may be necessary at times to meet targets and deadlines, you must be strong and refuse to work over your contracted hours on a regular basis.
#4 Get on a training program – if the tasks of your job are stressing you out, it may be that you need to go on a training course to brush up your skills or to learn new ones to help you complete your tasks successfully.
#5 Spend time with family and friends – one of the best ways to take your mind off the goings on at work is to spend your free time with those you love and care about. You should make an effort to plan outings and days out so you have something to look forward to at the end of the week.
Work shouldn't ruin your life and whatever happens don't let it stress you out too much. Or ruin your life.