Take your stress temperature
Certain factors are well-known causes of stress in the workplace. Some of these include:
- Lack of control or input
- Heavy workload or too many responsibilities
- Not being recognized or rewarded for your work
- Working in dirty, noisy or uncomfortable surroundings
Are any of these at the bottom of your stress? Are there other factors that play a role? Pinpointing the causes of stress can help you find solutions.
Tame your stress
The good news is we live in an age when addressing work stress is good for business. Many managers know that stressed workers are not as productive, are more likely to get injured and take more sick days than workers who aren’t stressed.
If work stress is getting you down:
- Talk to your manager. Ask if there are ways to restructure your job to make it more manageable. Be positive. Offer solutions, not just complaints.
- Explore work resources at your company. Find out if there is an employee assistance program (EAP) or stress management course you could access.
- Take good care of yourself. Be sure to eat well, get enough sleep and make time for exercise. You’ll handle stress better if you’re healthy.
- Get help if you need it. You may want to take a meditation, yoga or tai chi class. You might also consider seeing a therapist who could help you seek solutions to your work situation.
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- National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Stress … at work. Accessed: 07/07/2009
- American Psychological Association. Mind/body health: job stress. Accessed: 09/23/2009
- American Institute of Stress. Job stress. Accessed: 07/07/2009
- Mental Health America. Factsheet: Mind your stress on the job. Accessed: 09/23/2009