Common job stressors include a heavy workload, intense pressure to perform at high levels, job insecurity, long work hours, excessive travel, office politics and conflicts with co-workers. While dealing with stress is a normal part of everyday life, here are some early warning signs that signify red flags, alerting you to stress on the job:
- Anxiety or depression
- Low morale
- Short temper
- Stomach or back problems
The good news is that it is possible to manage job stress by becoming aware of what increases or decreases your stress levels. Here are six methods to help manage stress at work:
- Plan and prioritize: Do not panic, make a list to prioritize your work, set realistic deadlines, do not rush into the first idea you have and always have an alternative plan.
- Focus on what you can control: You know what your job tasks are. Break the larger tasks into smaller, more doable steps.
- Slow down: Think things through before you act, and begin with a result in mind.
- Limit interruptions: Use your voicemail to your advantage and only take calls that are a priority when you are on a tight deadline. Set aside designated times throughout the day to respond to e-mails and phone calls.
- Use all of your resources: If things do not go exactly as planned, do not solely rely on yourself. Ask for help when you need it.
- Take a break: To release stress, make time to take a short break. Taking a walk or discussing your work situation with another person may help you gain a fresh perspective.
Your health and wellness are important, take time to understand where your stress is coming from and create a plan to reduce or eliminate it.