Take action to cope with stress at work
What is workplace stress
Most of us experience some form of workplace stress during our career. We might feel overloaded with too much work and unable to say no. Or when unrealistic deadlines or targets are imposed we don’t stand our ground and just work harder and harder.
Workplace stress can also be down to relationships at work. Bosses that overwhelm or intimidate, and colleagues who snipe or exclude us. Often compounded by pressures at home. The list can be endless.
Stress takes many forms and has an impact not only on our health and general wellbeing but also on our family life. Headaches, muscle tension, poor sleep, poor concentration, loss of appetite, disinterest in things around us, lack of focus and energy, a sense of hopelessness and despair, irritability. These are all symptoms that might suggest workplace stress.
We spend a lot of time at work so it’s important to stay on top of these pressures and take responsibility for our own health and wellbeing. It’s easy to put the responsibility on to others and stay in denial and victim mode, rather than consider what we can do for ourselves.
It is vital we develop our own resilience. By finding more effective ways of working, developing a more positive outlook and relationships, reframing our perspective and letting go of unhelpful habits and ways of being/working.