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Steps to Take on Work Stress

Jun 05, 2023
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In today's fast-paced and demanding work environments, stress has become a common companion for many professionals (whether you're a lawyer, financier, school teacher, or mathematician). However, it's essential to manage and minimize stress to maintain optimal well-being and performance.

There is huge power in understanding your mindset toward stress. Here are a few steps to take:

  1. Identify Your Stressors: The first step in managing workplace stress is to identify the specific triggers that contribute to your stress levels. Is it tight deadlines, overwhelming workload, difficult colleagues, or a lack of control over your tasks? Understanding your stressors will empower you to develop targeted strategies to address them effectively.
  2. Identify the Why: Once you pinpoint the stressor, write down why it is stressing you out. If it's workload, what about the workload is stressing you (late nights, early mornings, no lunch break, etc....). If it's the difficult boss, what about the boss is frustrating (no verbal appreciation, lack of availability, micromanaging). On and on, get to the real meat of why.
  3. Create a Vision: This may seem silly, but you cannot create a solution if you do not know what the goal environment is to look like. Clarify with yourself how you would like your job to function.
  4. Brainstorm Solutions: Now is the time to become solutions oriented. Brainstorm more than one solution to your problem. Is it a conversation? A vacation? Blocking out calendar time to do the work you've been pushing off? There is definitely more than one solution.
  5. Take Action: Now do it. That's it. You're not stuck with the solution you chose, but you do have to try it. Practice if needed (a conversation with a friend).

Managing stress at work is crucial for your overall well-being and professional success. By implementing these steps, you can effectively navigate workplace pressures, maintain a healthy work-life balance, and enhance your overall job satisfaction.

Remember, stress management is a continuous process that requires self-awareness, resilience, and a commitment to self-care. Embrace these steps, and empower yourself to thrive in the face of workplace challenges.

In good health,

Joshua

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