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I had just gotten promoted to a role I had wanted since I joined the company. I did not know my promotion would come so soon, but I received it happily. The pressure soon became a daily part of my work. I was missing deadlines, was absent every chance I got to be and would even put in more hours than expected. When I could bear it no longer, I quit.
Do you find yourself in a similar situation? Are you missing deadlines, a decline in productivity or a rise in absenteeism? Do you ever have so much to do that you don’t know where to begin? Maybe you sometimes feel overburdened by others’ expectations of you or disappointed with the progress you’ve made on a task.
The good news is you are not alone. Other than quit, you can learn and get to know how best to manage work-related stress.
1. Accept that you have a problem
For a very long time, I suffered in silence and did not want to acknowledge that I was stressed. I was afraid that I would admit and be at risk of losing my job.
It takes a lot to acknowledge that you have a problem, and ultimately need help. However, keep in mind that stress is the number one cause of depression among many professionals in the country.
Accepting that you have a problem is the first step to dealing with stress-related issues.
2. Identify what is triggering your stress
Tracking the source of your stress at work is the first step towards stress management. Identify the things that make you stressed at work, list them down and include how they made you feel.
Writing them will ensure that you smartly, avoid the stresses and work around them to develop healthy responses.
Also, identify healthy responses that work for you such as taking a walk, exercising, or even playing a game such as Candy Crush. Take part in an activity that makes you feel at peace.
3. Reach out for help
Remember that adage, “A problem shared is half solved”?
Sharing is proved to be a good way of relieving stress.
Sharing with family, a friend, coworker or your supervisor who will not judge you harshly will provide you with sympathy and support. Co-workers can be a good source of moral support as they are in the same environment.
4. Learn to accept negative feedback
You may be experiencing stress because you did not like what your boss or supervisor said, ultimately forming the notion that you are hated.
Keep in mind that not all feedback is positive. Therefore, see feedback as a way to improve.
Giving your body that deserved break to recharge is important as it will help mitigate chronic stress and burnout. Restoring your body’s factory settings is important for optimal work performance. Take the time to disengage with work-related activities physically and mentally.
Take the break to recharge and get back feeling rejuvenated and ready to deliver.
Are you a team leader or supervisor? Do you wish to reduce and manage work-related stress? Attend this stress management training and learn how to do it.
To book a spot, email Catherine, the training coordinator, on firstname.lastname@example.org and copy email@example.com