There are stress-causing factors in every type of work, meaning every single person experiences stress during some point in their jobs and lives. Sure, you’re not alone—but that doesn’t mean that the pressures don’t get you down.
Whether working in tough conditions or inclement weather, crunching complicated numbers, reporting to an extra demanding boss, or juggling multiple shifts with your personal life, there are unique aspects to each industry that make them especially taxing.
Stress can affect you negatively both mentally and physically, with symptoms ranging from headaches to sleep problems to chronic pain and depression. What are some simple choices you can make to help relieve some of that stress?
Having open communication with your family, friends, and even coworkers and bosses will make your day-to-day more transparent to them. The more they know about the things going on for you at work, they are likely to be more understanding of how you feel.
Emergencies and unexpected things are always going to come up, but you’ll find that when you’ve prepared in advance- these curveballs are less likely to send you into a fit of frenzy. Having your family covered with extra help at hand not only makes it easier for them in times of need, but makes you feel more confident that they’re being taken care of while you’re working.
We all enjoy a good talk show and listening to our favorite tunes, but if there is ample commuting time, there are opportunities when you can work towards growing yourself mentally and emotionally. Listening to motivational and educational material, whether TED Talks or a book on tape, keeps you learning and improving—something bound to boost your self-esteem, which can help reduce stress.
Exercise, even if just for a 15 minutes a day, produces chemicals in the body called endorphins that fight stress, anxiety, and depression. Not does it help your mindset, your body will thank you too. When you feel good physically, it often translates into feeling the same way emotionally.
Remember, there are always going to be times when life gets to feel like too much – but you’re not alone in the journey. If you have feelings of stress leading to depression that you can’t shake, there is great strength in reaching out to your physician or doctor to talk about your options.
Steady work can also decrease your stress levels.
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