Workplace stress seems to be a pretty common theme for a lot of people.
Perhaps it is for you as well.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re working from home, in an office or anywhere else.
Tasks pile up. Clients or employers have deadlines they’re counting on you to meet.
You may also have to juggle all of this while running a home, raising kids or trying to fit other important details of your life into your daily routine.
Stress isn’t fun.
Yes, some people find themselves motivated by the adrenaline that goes along with highly stressful activities. But for the most part, especially when it comes to workplace stress, it’s a downer.
Now while I haven’t spent a lot of time working at an office, I know several people who either have at one time or another or do now.
There’s a lot going on.
It’s also a rather sedentary type of lifestyle, so it isn’t as though there are a lot of ways to work off that stress in a healthy and productive way during the workday.
I’m going to share an infographic with you in just a bit, but first, I wanted to throw in a few of my own thoughts about how to deal with your workplace stress that’ll leave you feeling empowered and in charge of your well-being.
Healthy living is the most effective way to deal with any form of stress, so here are a few things you can do.
1 – Ask yourself if you’re happy with your job
I know a lot of people who hate their job. They stick with it because they don’t feel they have a choice.
Maybe this is you. And perhaps, for the time being, there isn’t much you feel you can do about it.
Whatever your reasons are, it’s important to be honest with yourself. You can admit how you feel about your job and see if you can either change the way you perceive your job – or investigate your options.
I’ve met a lot of people who, after giving it some time and planning, changed their career path.
There are loads of opportunities out there, more become available as time goes on.
I would never recommend quitting your job to embark on a new venture unless you have some security set aside. If you have kids and you need the benefits, you will definitely need to take your time.
But don’t allow doubt to stop you from seeking what makes your heart sing.
If you want some ideas, you can check out my friend Cori’s website over at Not Now Mom’s Busy and peruse through the work from home job listings. I’d also recommend you taking a look through James Althucher’s website as well since he gets into why it’s a good idea to work for yourself and how to get the ball rolling.
2 – Take good care of yourself
Regardless fo what you’re doing throughout the day, healthy living always makes it easier to deal with stress – or anything else.
The food we eat plays a huge role in our lives. It impacts our energy levels, creates or diffuses health conditions and keeps our minds and digestive systems functioning better.
Consider preparing your lunch in advance. Something healthy – and something you enjoy.
I used to have my salads ready to bring to work every day. It saved me a ton of money on take-out – and I felt energized and in charge of my diet. It worked wonders. I also never went hungry or suffered from low blood sugar or brain fog.
Physical activity is an ideal way to work off stress and if necessary, release your anger in a productive way.
I wouldn’t suggest forcing yourself to engage in an exercise program you hate, though. Find something you enjoy.
It’ll be the bright spot in your day, especially if you hate your job. It’ll also give you more confidence to deal with a crappy employer or obnoxious co-workers.
3 – Always speak (and live) your truth
If you work for someone who doesn’t communicate or doesn’t promote open and honest communication, I’d suggest looking for another job – at least until or unless you decide to go solo.
It isn’t wise, nor is it healthy to keep your feelings bottled up.
Anyone who runs a company, big or small who doesn’t have your best interests at heart isn’t worth working for. And anyone with half a fucking brain understands the best way to keep their employees productive and loyal is to keep them happy, healthy, well-respected and fulfilled on every level.
If that ain’t your employer, kick em to the curb. Just make sure you have your ducks lined up in a row first.
I know the previous paragraph sounded crass. But to be honest, when I hear about workplace abuse or insensitivity/ cruelty toward those who spend their time and efforts to earn a livelihood because it turns out they’re working for assholes, I tend to get a little peeved.
And you should too.
No one deserves to be treated poorly.
But if you’re the problem, then I’d strongly suggest taking a good look at yourself and see whether you need an attitude adjustment or if you’re just miserable and need to find something you naturally align with.
There’s no wisdom in sticking with a job you hate – but there’s no honor in being a miserable or unreliable presence either.
I don’t say that out of judgment. I can openly admit I was the negative energy at some of my earlier jobs. That changed once I got real with myself.
I’ve also worked for assholes. That came to a stop too – once I decided I had no tolerance for it any longer.
So now that I’ve shared my thoughts with you on all of that, check out the infographic below designed to help you deal with workplace stress.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this.
If your job is kicking your ass, it may be time for a change. And if you don’t think workplace stress can be a health hazard, then I’d strongly suggest reading my friend Adrienne Smith’s story where she discussed how losing her job saved her life.
Workplace Stress Kicking Your Ass? Here’s What to Do (Infographic)
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Source for the infographic – https://www.surepayroll. com/resources/blog/find-your- peace-at-the-office
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