Managing job stress

For those who have a job whether self-employed or an employee, work stress is a common occurrence. Various things lead to work stress including too much workload, long working hours, change of management and even pressure to meet targets among others.

Work stress can take a toll on one’s health causing them to develop some illnesses. However, this kind of stress is manageable. The following are ways of managing job stress.

Modifying job situation

Someone may be stressed due to a recent promotion. If they are in good terms with the employer, one can request the employer to tailor make the job to fit their skills. If the promotion is very stressful and someone else can handle that, then one may propose a lateral promotion or even request to resume their former position.


Take some time off

Taking a break is an effective way of handling stress. Getting away from the situation gives one’s mind a break from the situation causing the stress. One can take a walk from the office to the park. Finding a quiet place gives one room for meditating which is also a great way of relieving stress.

Organizing your desk

Sometimes it’s the clutter that if filling your desk that makes it difficult to think hence causing stress. One can have some time to organize their desk. They can have a to-do list so that they organize the work to be done according to their importance and urgency. One can have organized thoughts with an organized desk. It will also help one to separate completed work from incomplete work.

Talk to someone

Talking is also an effective way of managing stress. Getting things off your chest will help calm you down hence one can think critically. This makes them able to tackle their stress object. However, one should be careful of whom they talk to. Find a trusted work friend that will listen to you and not broadcast your problems to other work colleagues. Also be that friend they can count on when they have their work stress. This helps form a system of support which really goes a long way in fighting stress.


Find some humor

Not all work situations should be taken too seriously. “It’s never that serious” is a common saying. One should find some time to get some humor could be from colleagues or even reading a comic passage. One can also share a joke with colleagues and laugh their hearts out as stress disappears.

Positive attitude

When stressed you do not need any negative energy around you. Negativity will drain all your energy and make you demotivated. Developing a positive attitude will go a long way in helping you overcome stress. It is also important to reward yourself anytime you reach your accomplishments to keep yourself motivated.

Setting realistic goals

Some people set goals based on unrealistic expectations. This may be a cause of stress since one may have to overwork themselves to meet them, but they may not really reach the goal. One should be careful of the kind of achievements they want to reach. Start with little goals then expand them as time goes by.