Most people who work would tell you that stress is an inevitable part of the job. Employees are worried about all sorts of things—some in their control, and some not. They’ve got deadlines to meet and co-workers to navigate with. They’ve got managers to report to, and uncertainty—more prevalent in some fields than others.
So how then do they help to relieve that stress?
It might surprise you, but key steps happen before you even reach the office. For starters, the proper preparation at home can work wonders on how you feel before you sit down at your desk. That includes having breakfast that’s good for you and, if you can, sneaking in some time to sweat, which generates always-welcome endorphins.
Being organized, both at home and the job, can also be a stress buster.
Want to learn more ways to de-stress at work by de-stressing at home? I’ll share some thought=provoking ideas with you below this cool little graphic.
Job-related Stress in a Nutshell
Conquer Job-Related Stress Through Self-Awareness and Creativity
Ok. I’m back now 🙂
Let’s talk about stress and the workplace.
See, I could make suggestions telling you to exercise, eat right, meditate, etc. And you know what? ALL of those things are excellent ideas. I’ll even get into them. But before I do that, I’m going to add something in here that comes from my own observations.
When it comes to work, it helps to have a job you like (or at least don’t absolutely hate).
I know that’s not easy for a lot of you, though.
When finances rule our lives (and they do, unfortunately), sometimes you’ve gotta take what you can get just to survive.
But we live in a world filled with possibilities. Things are also changing all the time.
I know there’s been a huge shift in the types of employment opportunities available since technology and other, umm, types of intelligence seem to be taking over. Machines have been replacing humans for a while now and I don’t see that stopping anytime soon.
As a result, many people have had to take jobs doing things they’d rather not do because the positions they filled for most of their lives are no longer available.
While I don’t view all of this to be a great thing, only because…
1 – I don’t condone replacing human beings for any reason unless technology works WITH humanity rather than instead of us or against us.
2 – This leaves people in a position to have to re-invent themselves not because they want to, but because they’re being forced to.
…with the information age comes new opportunities. Instead of having to fight traffic to go and work in a cubicle/ office to work in customer support and other similar positions, people can now work from home.
Instead of having to fight traffic to go and work in a cubicle/ office to work in customer support and other similar positions, people can now work from home.
In fact, there are a ton of work from home opportunities out there today, and my friend Cori over at Not Now Mom’s Busy has the scoop of all types of work from home jobs listed over on her site.
So when it comes to workplace stress, a shift in perspective may do a body (and soul) good.
There are also many new freelancing opportunities available. Places like Fiverr.com allow people to provide creative services such as freelance writing, web design, product promotions, video production, content editing, letter writing (which I do), book cover design – and an abundance of other services.
You may need to learn some new skills (which can be done online as well), but that shouldn’t be too tedious or expensive. There are plenty of freelancers who coach others to become knowledgeable in their chosen field. Besides, supporting these individuals helps other freelancers and this creates a bigger circle of opportunities for people to succeed in entrepreneur/ solopreneurship (yes, that’s a thing).
Just know that all hope isn’t lost. There are ways you can create something cool for yourself.
So, to summarize this, if you hate your job, you have a few choices – all of which can be implemented together.
How to Handle Job-Related Stress
1 – Choose well-Being as a Way of Life
Your best bet in any job-related scenario regardless of whether you work for others or for yourself is to take care of yourself.
Eat the foods that nourish you. This empowers you on so many levels. And believe it or not, it doesn’t have to be difficult.
I don’t condone diets because I feel they represent temporary goals. My aim (and what has worked for me) is to simply become someone who prefers healthy foods. This will serve you well during your work days and every minute of the day thereafter.
If you’d like some ideas and direction, check out the healthy living section on the blog. There are a variety of perspectives, tips, tools and ideas.
2 – Choose Awareness
Self-awareness is the key to a higher level of living. This doesn’t mean it’ll necessarily make you rich, but it sure can help you to navigate through the chaos in your mind, your life and the world in general.
When you get to know yourself, not just your conscious thoughts, but with regard to the things that push your buttons, pull your strings and control your life, you gain a better understanding of how life controls you instead of the other way around.
Self-awareness is an understated art. It requires the desire to get to know one’s shadows, to use their emotions wisely and to become someone who trusts, respects and loves themselves.
It’s tough to make long-standing changes when you are a walking emotional reaction to your problems. So when you choose awareness, you get to know why you are the way you are, why you’ve made the choices you’ve made and this opens the door to new possibilities to reinvent yourself in ways that support living your truth (because you’ll finally see what that is).
I’ve discussed this at length in my book “Choose Awareness (How to Free Your Mind and Become Your Own Guru)”.
3 – Stay Open to Creativity
Creativity truly is a gift. I’m absolutely amazed at what people have been able to come up with for themselves.
There are numerous possibilities to do things – from dog walking businesses, paid product reviews, online writing, selling artwork and other creative projects, etc. And if you prefer to get out there and work outside of the home, there are ways for people to go on their own and become self-employed doing what they love (even if they have to learn about it first).
For example, some people who work in the hair industry have transformed vehicles into mini-salons. They run their own business, choose their hours and their locations.
There are food enthusiasts who may not want to open a restaurant, so instead, they started a food truck business.
I’ve seen people teach themselves web design (like my friend Bren over at Designs by Virtual Bren) and I’ve known others who decided to write their very first novel like my buddy Brent Jones – author of the new novel “The 15th of June“ (which I read, enjoyed and recommend).
I’ve seen people go into reselling (retail arbitrage) starting with nothing more than a desire. There are even people who teach others how to do this successfully like Casey the Rockstar Flipper (who gives away a ton of advice on his Youtube channel), Lindey Glenn (another reseller who makes educational videos with a ton of humor and personality) and Steve at Raiken Profits and the guys over at The Green Room – who share tips and tricks to help you succeed, regardless of your starting point.
So just keep an open mind.
4 – Change the Way You View Your Workplace Experience
Now, if you feel you need to stick with what you’re doing and the time isn’t right to make any changes, you can still make a shift in your experience while you’re at your current place of employment.
Maybe it’ll help to just become someone who refuses to engage in conflict, even when it arises around you. There’s something to the idea that if you really are someone who refuses to participate in drama, it just won’t affect you even when others around you seem to try to pull you into theirs.
I used to work in the salon industry. I had hundreds of co-workers throughout the years and worked for quite a few different types of salons. While I never did fall in love with this career path, I was able to make a shift in my experiences at work.
It took some time, maturity and a lot of self-reflection, but I made the changes necessary to have quality relationships with my peers (many of who I am still friendly with today).
I decided I would be someone who was easy and enjoyable to work with, but wouldn’t take any shit either.
I didn’t have to do anything dramatic. I just had to respect myself and others. I stayed away from gossip and allowed myself to engage in more meaningful conversations. I was a team player and pleasant.
But I was no one’s doormat.
This shift made a huge difference for me, at least until I changed gears and went into other avenues, which I did while still working as a stylist. I cut my hours at my job and took on a part-time gig at a small women’s fitness center. The rest of the time, I was either in school for personal training or studying.
My employer at the salon was incredibly supportive and I consider myself blessed to have had someone who respected me and was willing to go the extra mile and even promote my new venture to others.
So when it comes to staying at your job (at least for the time being), you can lessen the levels of stress when you’re self-aware, but no one’s punching bag.
If you have a job where your manager, co-workers or anyone else abuses or mistreats you, IT’S NOT OK. And it’ll be your job to make that decision and put a stop to it.
A lot of job-related stress isn’t so much about the job, it’s about the treatment.
Teach people to treat you better using the methods mentioned in this post.
No one has the right to treat you like shit. Period.
Summarizing it All
I think taking action to combat stress is important. Doing things like exercising, eating right and calming your mind are excellent ways to deal with anything stressful – work related or not.
But I feel it goes beyond changing behavior. More often than not, all of this requires a complete shift in perspective and a paradigm shift as well.
Do whatever you can to develop genuine self-awareness and start questioning what you think you know about life. You’d be surprised to see how much of your ideas about things aren’t exactly based in truth.
How much conditioning/ programming you’ve bought into about what it takes to be a “successful” and happy human being.
Take the time to discover your truth.
You don’t have to take big leaps immediately, but you can make some small and meaningful changes along the way.
This is what it is to start the journey to becoming authentic.
Until next time, take care.
If you enjoyed this, check out my recent books. They offer some kick ass ideas about freeing your mind and bullshit-free spiritual maturity.
Choose Awareness (How to Free Your Mind and Become Your Own Guru)
Streetwise Philosophy (A Bullshit-Free Approach to Spiritual Maturity)