Everyone who has ever held a job has, at some point, felt the pressure of work-related stress that can be harmful to both emotional and physical health.
Any job can have stressful elements, even if you love what you do. Some common sources of work stress are - Low salaries, excessive workload, few opportunities for growth, lack of social support, lack of control over work-related decisions, work that isn't engaging, etc. We've all faced similar situations in our workplace and is considered normal.
However, it is not normal when the stress becomes too chronic. This stress will not only affect your health but also your relationships with others. Soon, it will lead to work burnout where the only thought that goes through your head is to quit your job. Here are some effective ways to help you deal with work-related stress -
Establish work-life boundaries - The most crucial step that everyone needs to follow in order to have a healthy work-life balance. Separate your work life from your personal life. You do not have to work at home after working long hours at the office and you certainly do not need to work on the weekends/holidays.
Learn to say no - Closely related to the earlier point, you need to say no at times for your own sanity. Prioritize yourself and your health. Saying no to working on the weekends will not put your job in jeopardy when you need to attend to your loved ones as well.
Exercise regularly - Exercising a minimum of 30 minutes every day is a great way to de-stress yourself. Listen to music or podcasts and make your workout something to look forward to every day.
Eat whole foods - Believe it or not, the food that you eat does play a role in your stress levels. Whole foods are great for you while processed and junk foods will only make things worse.
Get enough sleep - With less sleep each night, you will only be more stressed out and frustrated. Sleep is essential and you should be aiming for a minimum of 6-7 hours of sleep each day. This will help you relax and feel refreshed for each workday.
Express gratitude - Being grateful has been proven to help improve your optimism levels, reduce negativity, and boost your overall health and happiness. Related - 10 ways to express gratitude and be more thankful!
Get a hobby - Hobbies are great to take your mind off of work and have something to look forward to that is different from your line of profession. Your hobby can also lead to a side hustle and earn you money. Related - How to make your hobby a Side Hustle!
Meditate regularly - Meditation and mindfulness have been proven to have numerous benefits for your mind and body. For example, by being more mindful you can slow down aging, improve sleep quality, and lower stress, anxiety, depression while restoring emotional balance. Related - How to practice mindfulness!
Take a break - If all of these still fail in helping you manage your work stress, you need to take a break from work. Enjoy a few days off and take a vacation. You will feel refreshed, and relaxed when you return for work.
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