Stress and work are 2 words usually used in the same sentence. Our work life can be a contributing factor to our mental health and overall well being.
When linking such behaviours to work it’s easy to see how the two can go hand in hand with each other. For those of us who work in a 9 – 5 we can become consumed by work. Spending up to 37 hours (or more) in a role where the pressure is on to achieve tasks, and meet expectations can take its toll on us.
Facing challenges as a result of race, gender, sexuality etc are also contributing factors. The pressures of dealing with discrimination coupled with unrealistic expectations can lead to stressful encounters. Also, working in establishments where we are the minority can become very isolating. Work can become a very miserable and negative place if this is a place where most of our time is spent.
To the contrary many people have ditched their 9 – 5 and have opted for the entrepreneur route to success. I mean who wouldn’t want to be their own boss? You’re in charge of your work, time, and money – all good right?…Well not quite! According to www.inc.com entrepreneurs have increased risk of, depression, self worth issues, anxiety, and addiction.
It’s fair to say that any kind of work will and can come with an element of stress. However, it’s important to highlight that not all stress is bad stress. It can be a good way of putting things into perspective and regaining focus. In addition a little stress can also help you face your obstacles and take on new challenges. But in saying all of this, prioritizing your psychological well being should be your primary goal.
Once you begin to feel like stress is having a negative impact on your work performance, health, and personal life it’s time to take a step back and take action.
Below are some ways simple ways of dealing with stress
Speak to someone
Whether it be a family member, friend, or colleague – speaking to someone close is an effective way of getting frustrations and concerns off your chest. A lot of the time we tend to hold things in out of fear of looking weak. Having a solid support system is a good moral boost because we often don’t appreciate our own achievements. Having someone say “you’re doing a good job” can go a long way.
Surround yourself with positive individuals
It’s amazing how the transfer of energy can have a major impact on our thoughts and feelings. What’s even more amazing is very few of us realise the impact this has on us. There’s a fine a line between venting frustruations and being an all round negative person. So it’s therefore key to identify when you are surrounding yourself with people who continuously find negatives in each situation. This can really drain your energy. Focus on building positive and uplifting support systems.
Don’t be so hard on yourself
Life is like a rollercoaster of emotions and we often tend to get caught up. However, this is ok! As human beings it’s normal to feel knocked, discouraged, and demotivated at times. We’re not robots so it’s unrealistic to expect not to have these emotions. It ultimately just comes down to how you choose to handle these hardships. Never underestimate the power of mindset when it comes to obstacles in life. You can either choose to be down and stay down – or be down acknowledge it and take action to change it.
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