Spring Clean Your Work Life

Thursday, April 14 at 10:20 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Police officer. Commercial airline pilot. Firefighter. Surgeon. Enlisted military personnel. They've long been considered the most stressful occupations. But while some occupations certainly generate more stress than others, most people have experienced some form of workplace stress, which can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Heavy workload
  • Poor compensation
  • Lack of opportunities for growth
  • Problems with management or co-workers
  • Lack of career path or fulfillment
And let's face it, you don't have to be a doctor to know stress of any kind is unhealthy. It can lead to headaches, stomach aches, insomnia, and even more serious conditions, such as depression, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Healthy ways to manage stress
One of the biggest problems for employees experiencing stress is they may deal with it in unhealthy ways such as overeating, smoking or drinking. There are, however, some ways you can reduce stress during the day and ensure your health and well-being: 
  • Give yourself a break. When you have a busy workload, it's hard to think about taking time away from your responsibilities. However, it's important to give your mind a chance to rest during the work day. Make time to take a break, maybe have a cup of coffee or grab lunch with a friend or co-worker.
  • Exercise. Another healthy way to manage work stress is to exercise during the work day. If your company has a gym, consider working out before or after work, or during your lunch hour. You can also go for a walk or run to take in fresh air.
  • Set boundaries. One of the biggest drawbacks of technology is it keeps us continually connected to work after hours. Try to establish clear lines of when work ends and home life begins. If possible, try not to answer emails or do other work when you're at home.
  • Make healthy food choices. You really are what you eat. So, if you want to feel better and more energized at work, choose healthy lunches and snacks, such as fruits and vegetables.
  • Relax. Many employees use deep breathing or meditation to relax their minds. Take a few minutes throughout the day to get up, take deep breaths, stretch and clear your mind.
  • Seek support. Many companies offer stress management resources for employees, such as counseling. You could also discuss your work frustrations with a trusted co-worker or friend.
  • Know your triggers. One of the best ways to reduce stress is to understand what triggers it. If it's a workload issue, you may be able to talk to your supervisor about ways to get assistance.
If after employing all these suggestions, your stress remains high, you may want to think about making a career or job change ... just think carefully before you become a surgeon.

Caleb Ellicott on 4/15/2016 at 2:23 PM
This is a good article. However, doctors say there is a type of healthy stress. Life without stress leads to a mental atrophy, to some degree. Stress over things you can change is a healthy stress, if in moderation. If you keep your stress moderated and take action in the things you can change (actions like the article mentioned), you will have a healthy, spring-cleaned work life.
Claudia Sanchez on 4/20/2016 at 8:55 PM
I enjoyed reading this article because it can be so easy to get wrapped up in your own personal stresses. I think it makes it easier knowing everyone is going through a primary stressing stage each day at work. However, with everyone focusing on a similar goal in the work setting, it can definitely alleviate a lot of stress causes.

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