The modern workplace, whether in-office or remote, can be stressful. An extensive poll conducted by Gallup found that 57% of US and Canadian workers self-reported feelings of stress, and that American workers are among some of the most stressed in the world. This is no small issue, and while employers have a responsibility to staff, it’s also a case of personal accountability. Implementing methods to tackle stress every single day in the workplace will help to build resilience that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Stress management techniques
American workers lead the way when it comes to everyday worry, according to The Hill, and so for many it can be effective to look at techniques to immediately rectify stress problems. Some of the most simple methods are the most effective – going for a walk, drinking some water, and enjoying some peace and quiet. You can also look to learn simple relaxation methods. The principles underpinning practices such as mindfulness can help to relieve short-term stress and develop long-term resilience.
Managing your workload
Your workload can contribute hugely to stress, whether that’s through excessive amounts of work or through overly complex tasks. According to one article published by MSN, up to 65% of US workers are feeling burned out and overworked. If you aren’t responsible for your own workload, consider speaking to your leaders. If you are, look to outsource, or bring in outside help. There is, of course, the risk of losing out in cash terms; but that’s part of the balance to be found.
Finding your interests
Everyone should have a hobby. Many people have their career as a sole ambition in life, and it can be hard to see past that especially when work is tough. However, it’s important not to put everything into one pursuit. During weekends and days off, look for alternative hobbies and pastimes. Even something simple like reading can help to disengage the mind from the rigmarole of day-to-day work, and give you something else to focus on and pursue as a vocation.
Tackling stress today will ensure health and happiness later into life. Work is important, and for many people an important source of joy in life – but it isn’t everything. Finding a work/life balance, and taking control over stress, will ensure you can enjoy your career to its maximum extent.