It’s Stress Awareness month – learn healthier techniques for stress management
For many of us, the majority of our day revolves around work. Driving to and from work, being at work or thinking about work, can result in built up job-related stress. In fact, a Stanford University professor says the workplace environment is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.
33 percent of working Americans reported having chronic work stress and only 36 percent believe their employers supplied the resources needed to help manage that stress. It’s vital then, to find healthy and positive ways to alleviate and eliminate work-related stress through stress management.
Understand your stressors
You can’t tackle your stressors before you’re completely sure you know what they are. Keep a notebook on hand during work and jot down times you are feeling stressed and what you think the causes are. Make a point to note how you reacted – did you raise your voice, grab a snack, get some fresh air?
Keeping this journal will help you identify what’s causing you to feel this way and discover healthier ways to deal with stressful situations down the line.
Give yourself time for recovery
All work and no play, is the perfect recipe for burnout. Therefore, give yourself time to recover and take a mental or physical break during the workday. Working intensely for hours on end sets you up for fatigue, feeling overwhelmed and stressed.
The best type of break is one that detaches you from work-related thoughts for a short period of time. So, every few hours, take a walk around the block, watch a funny video, or just take a step away from your work to reset your energy and focus. Doing this will help your stress and concentration levels immensely.
Communicate with your team
If you’re feeling repeatedly stressed out about the same tasks or issues, remember, you’re not in it alone. A healthy and happy employee is more productive and efficient. This means your employer has real incentive to address workplace stresses when they happen.
Inform your employer about what’s causing your stress and even suggest a way you can both work to overcome it. Just relaying these feelings to someone who is willing to listen and try to fix them can be extremely helpful in achieving stress management.
Don’t allow work-related stress to take over your professional and personal life. Be proactive about managing and eliminating as much of it as you can because it can have truly detrimental impacts to your overall health.
If you’re still having trouble coping with job-related stress and begin to notice it’s impacting other areas of your life, consider speaking with a licensed psychologist or counselor to help. Our Behavioral Health services team can help you with stress management, with the ultimate goals of improving your health and well-being.