Four Tips On How To Deal With Stress That Comes From Working Too Much
An estimated 40 million people in the United States suffer from anxiety disorders, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Anxiety disorders affect people of any age, from children to adults. Anxiety is a common condition that can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life. If a person with a medical condition is suffering from anxiety, they will often feel a great deal of stress in their life. This stress can be a major impediment in their daily life at work and at home. Anxiety can also cause a person to have a lower work performance.
1. Prioritizing self-care: With the rise of technologies that make our lives easier, there has been a shift in the way we work. Gone are the days when people would come to the office, sit at their desks for most of the day, and go home after a 9-5 workday. Now, more people are working from home, more people are working remotely, and more people are working at times that allow them to live a healthier and more balanced life. That's great — except the shift in the way we work has also caused a shift in the way we think about and prioritize self-care. Before, people had no choice but to invest in their health and well-being. Now, people can get away with skipping that last workout or that last meal just because they don't feel like it. They can get away with checking their phone every five minutes instead of focusing on what they're doing. They can get away with taking the easy way out just because their job allows them to. Here are four things you can do to prioritize self-care:
-Don’t touch your devices for the first one hour upon waking up.
-Set realistic goals that you can track.
-Don’t overestimate how much you can do in a day.
-Check how you speak to yourself set a time when you will completely shut off all devices & keep them in a separate room from where you sleep.
2. Learning To Communicate Openly At Work: There is no question that stress at work is a big issue. We all know that we need to communicate with colleagues and clients more openly and with more honesty and respect. But is this really possible when we're in the middle of the most stressful and demanding situations? Is it realistic to assume that we can be honest and authentic when we're in the middle of a battle to meet a deadline, when we're trying to finish a project or when we're up against a wall? How can we put everyone at ease when we're in the middle of a crisis? This is where it becomes increasingly important to establish an environment that fosters clear communication.
3. Schedule breaks: These days, there is a common occurrence among professional workers, especially those who sit in front of a computer all day long. It is called burnout. It is a condition where one loses the ability to concentrate, feel empathy, and also experience feelings of exhaustion, to name a few. It can be caused by an inefficient work environment, too much stress and pressure to achieve the goals. It is essential not to allow this condition to take control of your life because it can lead to more serious health problems. It is imperative for people to schedule breaks-either use the infamous Pomodoro technique while working or simply schedule a vacation.
4. Establish Boundaries: Everyone has been there...we've all been put in a situation where we need to answer the phone...even if it's 3 AM...even if we're in the middle of a movie...even if we're in the middle of a date. If you're a workaholic, it's probably a daily occurrence. Unfortunately, the stress that comes from being too available for your boss, colleagues, and clients is a common problem in many workplaces. The problem with this is that it's a self-inflicted wound. If you're too available, it's because you're not establishing strong enough boundaries. If you're always available to everyone, everyone will abuse that availability. The solution is to not be available to everyone. What that really means is that you should pick your battles. You should be selective about the people you're available to. You shouldn't sacrifice your own time and personal life just to be available 24 hours a day.
We hope you enjoyed our article on how to deal with stress when you are working too much. If you are worried about the amount of stress you are experiencing, make sure to contact your doctor. We are always here to help you find ways to manage your stress.