Disabled and Stressed at Work: 5 Tips for Working in a Stressful Environment
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Stressed at Work: 5 Tips for Working in a Stressful Environment.
Dealing with stress at work is hard enough, let alone if you’re disabled. Did you know that 80% of workers feel stress at work and 34% report losing sleep at night due to work-related stress?
These numbers are startling when you consider the number of negative health consequences related to increased stress. But you can fight stress with the right techniques and you need to for the sake of your health and well-being.
If you’re dealing with stress at work then you’re in the right place. Read on to see five tips on how to handle working in a stressful environment.
1. Journal Your Experiences
Track how you’re feeling each day to look for trends. Pay close attention to the days you’re particularly stressed or anxious and make note of the events of that day.
What happened on that day? Did you have a big presentation or have an argument with a co-worker? Watch for triggers so you can avoid those.
If your trigger is an irate and unreasonable boss, then you might need to consider another job. However, if you simply notice that you’re overly cranky and sensitive in the afternoons when you feel the afternoon slump, it may be your diet. Try to pack some protein-rich snacks.
If you want to learn how to handle stressful situations at work, you'll need to know what you’re battling first. After you identify stressors, you can create a plan to make important changes.
See what changes you can make to avoid certain triggers and stressors. Get yourself a journal, or track this on your phone.
2. Ask for Help
Keeping your stressors in is not healthy and you need to talk about what's causing you anxiety if you’re going to successfully work your way through it.
Many employers offer free and anonymous mental health assistance. From toll-free numbers to call to on-site employee health. Ask your human resources department to find out what assistance is available to you.
Consider creating a support system as well. If you’re part of a religious community, find out if they offer counseling services.
Also, talk with family members. Many of us need to verbalize our feelings to get control over them and work out our emotions. Find a close friend or family member who you trust and share your feelings with them.
3. Establish Boundaries
There are countless books and podcasts on establishing boundaries. Check one out and see how you can start to implement boundaries.
These can be as simple as saying you don’t take work home with you. Or maybe you want to leave at 5 PM instead of trying to get one more thing done and building up resentment.
Stressful situations at work are increasing everywhere. Unfortunately, with email and social media, our bosses and co-workers can reach us at any time of the day or night.
When you clock out of work, avoid the temptation to check your email. Even if you do manage to only spend 15 minutes checking your email, you're sure to feel work-related stress when you’re supposed to be relaxing.
You can’t fully distance yourself from work and relax if you don’t set healthy boundaries in and out of work.
4. Take Scheduled Breaks
To continue on the topic of boundaries, be sure you watch the clock and take occasional breaks. The law is very clear as to how long a break can be and how often you should get one. If your company doesn’t have these listed, then Google them and find out your state's law.
Once you know your legal rights, then you can feel confident standing up for yourself when it’s time for self-care. Leave your physical environment. Don’t try to work through lunch at your desk; you need to physically get away from the workplace for a while.
You also need to take the time to allow your body to relax while you get away from work for a bit. This can be especially hard to do when you work from home, but you still need to take your breaks even when working remotely.
If the weather allows, get outside and go for a walk. This serves a double purpose in getting you away from work while also getting some physical exercise and fresh air.
5. Take Your Vacations
Did you know that the average American only takes about half of their allotted vacation time each year? You need this time off and away from your workplace. This is especially true if you’re working in a stressful environment.
Vacations are important to allow yourself time to recuperate from the stressors of work. Find out how much time you have for vacation and be sure to take it. Get out your calendar and schedule a trip.
It doesn’t have to be expensive trips around the world, either. The popularity of staycations is increasing everywhere. These stay-at-home vacations allow you the time to take care of projects you’ve been meaning to get to or to explore your local city nightlife you never seem to have time to enjoy.
Coping With a Stressful Environment
It can be very difficult to learn how to handle pressure at work, but with the right tips you can take it on. From scheduling your vacations for the year to scheduling your breaks each day, the only way to handle a stressful environment is to take care of yourself.
It shouldn’t cause you anxiety each day as you’re going to work. You spend a third of your life at work, you deserve to do it in a stress-free manner. While work is rarely fun for many people, it also shouldn’t be a hostile environment.
If you have any further questions about how we can help you with finding the perfect job for you to help decrease your stress, please reach out to us today. We would love to talk with you and help you find your dream job.