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Stress at Work Causes and Solutions

stress at work You need to earn an income, but the daily grind is getting more and more difficult to manage, stress at work can be hard to handle. Working on what is making you feel this way can help you feel better.

Do You Have Stress at Work?

As each day comes and goes, most people perform the same job duties and interact with the same coworkers every day. At times with all the pressures placed on us from our boss, our family members, and life, in general, it would be nice not to have to stress out over things, especially at work.

What are we going to do? We need money to pay our bills, and it can be difficult to find another job. When the stress at work spills over from our professional life into our personal life, it affects that area of our lives too.

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Dealing With Stress at Work

Disclaimer: We are not doctors, nor do we have any medical training, but we have found techniques and philosophies that help us, so this is a list of what has worked for us. Contact your health professional for advice specific to your needs before implementing this information.
  • Talk About It
    If it's appropriate to do so talk to the person or people who are creating the problem. There may be circumstances where this may not be the right move since you know the people involved. You will have to gauge whether your comments will be well-received.
  • While at Work
    Try to realize that this will not be a permanent situation. At some point, a new job or opportunity will arise of which you can take advantage. Nothing, including the stock market, goes up all the time, there will be lows at times. What you can try to do is to learn what you can from the low points, then use what you learned in the future.
  • Caffeine
    Try to cut down or eliminate caffeine from coffee, soda, energy drinks, even chocolate. The caffeine may amplify the feeling of adrenaline rushing through the body.
  • Smoking
    Nicotine is a stimulant, which may also have effects similar to caffeine. On a side note, smoking is not good for us by any means.
  • Helplessness
    Feeling out of control and fearful because you are unable to shape your future is something most of us have felt at least once in our lives. A solution to this problem is education. You may reduce your stress by knowing how to handle the situation that is giving you the stress.

    You may not be able to learn every aspect of how to handle the problem, but if you can learn something that can point you in the right direction, you will have something to build on.

    As you conquer each small portion of the problem, you will feel empowered by lessening the severity of the problem. The short-term goal is to make the problem manageable until you can figure out a better long-term solution.
  • Sleeplessness
    It is no picnic when you are stressed out, to lay in bed at night thinking about everything that is going wrong. It gets even worse as the night goes on when you know you have to get up for work in a few hours.

    We hope that as time passes and you find your way, this will subside. Possibly a doctor might prescribe something or teach you relaxation techniques to help with this.
  • Be Positive
    You are not benefiting from being negative, so why not try being positive. It doesn't cost anything, and it might help. People say to visualize what you want; that visualization will “program you” to attain your goals.
  • Develop a Plan
    Develop a plan with defined steps to get yourself back on track. Tackle one small step at a time, so the task doesn't seem so overwhelming.
  • Believe in Yourself
    Have faith in yourself believe that you can improve your situation. If you try to solve your problems, but you don't know how then speak to people to get some pointers and help.
There is no quick answer to reduce your stress at work. As you work to correct your problems, cut out caffeine and nicotine, educate and empower yourself and relax, you will begin to discover that this low point will eventually blow over and your situation will get better. Maybe a job or career change is something to consider. Follow the link for more help with job related topics.