Statistics show that work is one of the main reasons people are stressed about. And you can’t be suprised since you spend 5 days a week and countless hours at your workplace. Everyone has faced a challenging task, unfriendly colleagues or an overdemanding manager and most of the times this leads to unwanted stress. I recently read an article at Fast Company on The 3 ways that happy people deal with problems and decided to share more about the 3 ways to deal with stress at work.
Remember the long-term goals you have set
Try to focus on the reasons you started this job in the first place. What was the motivation for you to want it and how hard was it to get? Often we lose ourselves in the day-to-day activities and forget to think about the future. If your current position is just one step of the way forward then try to remember that.
When I was really young my grandfather used to tell me to never forget that no matter if you are in a good or bad place in life it will pass. It took me time to realize it but it is true – bad times pass and you just have to stay strong until they do.
Just think about the next position you will be getting in a few years and all the things that it will change.
Spend more time with your friends and family
No matter where you are in life there are a few things that are certain and those are your family and the friends you have ever since you remember. Once work starts getting hard we tend to close off a bit and start missing out on some planned activities with our friends and family.
Focus not to do that. Actually taking your mind away from your problems will help you refresh and have a different view on the situation. Not to mention that every person has his own issues, speaking with some friends about theirs might make you realize that it is not “bad luck” you are having but just facing the normal things life has to offer.
Don’t be afraid to make the hard choice
In the end stress is not something to underestimate. It doesn’t only affect your performance at work but also your health and the relationships you have with people. If you realise that you are transfering the problems at work in your personal life then maybe it is time to sit down and think.
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Be honest with yourself and decide if this situation you are in has a solution or things are already too far gone. If there is no light in the end of the tunnel don’t be afraid to make the hard call and quit. Yes it will have a negative effect on your life and specially if you have no other option at that moment. But don’t let that discourage you. What is most important is for you to feel good and not risk your health since that can’t be recovered. Everything will fall down in place with time. Be patient and start looking for your next position.
Stress is a serious issue in todays world. It is important to find some activities or a way for you to just let some steam off.