Managing Stress in the Workplace

What to do About Your Stress From Work

It’s never a good feeling when you wake up every day and dread what your workday will bring you. You should be excited for the day and the fulfillment your job brings you, but instead you just want to stay in bed and sleep for another three hours.

As you might have guessed, this happens to just about everyone. Even your plucky coworker who seems like they are always in a bright, chipper mood has days when the stress of the job gets the better of them.

With that being said, there are many things that you can do to manage your stress from work so that you will feel better in and out of the workplace.

1 Make Sure You Are Sleeping Okay.

It might sound silly, but if you are having trouble sleeping it can have ramifications throughout your entire day. Just about 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder.

Along with being tired throughout the day, if you are not sleeping well, you can also suffer from these side effects:

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Being almost constantly tired
  • Impaired judgment
  • Impaired motor skills

If you get 7-8 hours of sleep per night, but you still feel tired and groggy throughout the day, consider conducting a sleep test. There is a chance that there is something that is keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep. Your doctor may prescribe you medication or a CPAP machine to help make sure you are going to sleep like a baby.

2 Make Time to Exercise

When you exercise, you produce endorphins which reduce stress. Even if you take an hour per day to go for a walk or run around your block, you will do a lot to reduce your stress levels.

If you want a running mate to join you, consider adopting a dog! Having a pet, especially a dog, can help reduce both stress and depression as they make you less lonely, and encourage you to go out and exercise!

3 Talk to Your Supervisor

There’s a good chance that the things that are stressing you out at work are preventable. If your workload is too much, your schedule is too strenuous or you are having issues with a coworker, you can’t fix the problem just by waiting it out. Talk to your supervisor about the issues you are having at work along with the how and why they are stressing you out. There is a chance that work can be delegated, schedules can be shifted, and your can work with someone else. Your supervisor wants an efficient office, and he won’t have that with a stressed out staff.

4 Download a Stress Management App

If you are looking for help meditating, breathing, relaxing or sleeping, there are several apps that can help. These will help you reduce your stress levels, and get you where you want to be:

5 Separate Your Work Life From Your Home Life

Your work life and your home life both have their own benefits and their own stress factors, It is important that you don’t allow yourself to let the stress factors from one of these lives affect the other life.

There’s an old saying that goes “Don’t bring your dirty laundry to work with you.” Basically, this means that you shouldn’t bring the stresses of your home life to work with you. This is a two-way street. You don’t want the things that stress you out at work to affect your relationships with the people you love at home.

A good way to keep things separate is to ensure that the time your family knows that there is a time and place for discussing your work, and that you want to focus on your family and home life when you are at home.

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