As workloads have steadily increased over the last few years and working 9 – 5 has become a thing of the past, more people are now suffering from job related stress than ever before. Being stressed at work doesn’t just affect our professional lives however, it can also become very detrimental to our personal lives. Below are some tips to avoid feeling the pressure if you’re overworked and feeling overwhelmed in your job.
As hard as it might be, try not to go into the office every morning feeling negatively about your job. Surround yourself with positive colleagues, set yourself little challenges and pat yourself on the back about small accomplishments. Little things like this will help you to feel more enthusiastic about your job and over time should help to alleviate any stress.
Try to live each day as it comes and stop being anxious about what tomorrow holds. Come the end of the day, if there are still tasks or piles of work to get through, try to push it to the back of your mind and don’t worry about it until the next morning.
Stop being so hard on yourself
One of the biggest causes of stress is people putting too much pressure on themselves. You don’t have to be perfect 100% of the time and absolutely everybody will make mistakes from time to time. If you make an error or miss a deadline, do everything you can to rectify the situation and learn from it for next time. If you are struggling with your workload, don’t be afraid to speak to your manager about it. They will appreciate your honesty and any extra help they offer will be a massive weight off your shoulders.
Get enough sleep
Everything seems so much worse when you are tired. If you’re not getting enough sleep chances are you will be more irritable, more prone to making mistakes and won’t be able to think properly. As difficult as it might be when you are feeling very overwhelmed, try to ensure that you get at least eight hours of sleep every night.
Talk to someone
If work stress has been going on for a long time and is starting to get you down, try to speak to a manager about it. They may be able to reduce your workload, offer you extra training, vary your role a bit more or even move you to a different team. If you don’t speak to anybody about it they have no way of knowing and chances are that by ignoring it, the problems will only get worse.
Make the most of your evenings and weekends
When you get home from work, don’t just sit on the sofa worrying and stressing about your job. Join the gym, meet up with friends, study towards something or even just go for a walk. Taking your mind off things and doing something to relax yourself will make the situation feel much more bearable and you are more likely to go into work the next day feeling better about everything.