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While it may not be possible to permanently or completely eliminate job stress, there are many ways to reduce the stress that we all feel as a daily part of making a living. Most coping strategies involve taking better care of oneself, both physically and mentally. If left unaddressed, job stress can have adverse effects on the health and personal life of an employee.
According to studies, the percentage of people who feel stressed at work is high, and it is on the increase. Because job stress is so pervasive, it may seem like finding a low-stress job is impossible. Even if this is the case, using some common sense can mitigate stress in even the most pressure-filled work environment. Even small things can improve a person’s mood, if a lifestyle overhaul is not an option.
First and foremost, a simple exercise routine can work wonders for reducing job stress. The relaxation and sharpened focus that come from at least 30 minutes of daily aerobic exercise can go a long way toward making the daily grind a less formidable opponent. Second, getting a proper amount of sleep, if possible, has many stress-reducing benefits. A person who is well-rested has better oxygen flow to the brain, which can help in the efficient completion of daily tasks. In addition to these changes, eating smaller, more frequent meals during the day helps keep blood sugar levels more constant, reducing anxiety and irritability.
Managing time and relationships at the office can also reduce the burden of job stress. A balanced schedule with regular breaks will help avoid burnout. Additionally, leaving just 10 or 15 minutes earlier in the morning can eliminate the stress of being late, if that is a problem. Once at work, it is wise to prioritize tasks and complete them in that order, rather than tackling everything at once.
Some people find that creating a to-do list, and then crossing items off as they are completed, puts things into a healthier perspective. In the inevitable case that you do eventually get stressed, it helps to have someone to talk or joke with to ease the stress- just be sure to return the favor when the time comes. Avoiding office politics and conflict, to whatever extent is possible, is also crucial. This may involve refraining from gossip and from knowingly sharing controversial opinions on religion or current events. Finally, keep in mind that jobs are disposable, and that if your employer constantly demands too much, it may be time to look elsewhere.
@Iluviaporos - To me it's more dependent on the people I'm working with. If it's a good group of people and we have a relaxed and trusting atmosphere then I'll look forward to going in.
If it's a group of people I can't trust to do their jobs, or if I feel like I'm not trusted or valued then going into work will be very stressful.
Unfortunately, unless you're the boss there's not much you can do about this, except try to be as friendly to everyone as you can, or moving to a job where you get on better with the people around you.
@irontoenail - Personally, I think the best way to make your job more satisfying is to make sure it's doing something to better the community, or humanity as a whole.
I know that sounds somewhat trite but it really seems to make a difference to know that you're making a difference.
Of course, depending on the job this might not lower your stress levels, since a lot of jobs that are done to make a difference are working with people and deadlines which might be stressful.
But, I'm not sure if you can ever eliminate job stress entirely.
I know it's not always possible, but I've always liked that saying that if you love your job, you'll never work a day in your life.
I don't think everyone gets to do their ideal job, or their dream job, but there are some jobs which are going to suit you better than others.
If you absolutely hate your job and there is any way to get out of it and find a better one, then you should take that chance, in my opinion.
You only get one life, and there are only so many hours in that life. They are a precious commodity and you shouldn't waste them.
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