Stress is very common for workers in organisations across the world. Regardless of what job you do, you are likely to become stressed at some point. Sometimes, stress isn’t always a bad thing.
Having a bit of stress at work can motivate you to work hard and get things done. Thus, you do whatever you need to do and no longer feel stressed.
Still, being constantly stressed at work isn’t a good thing. It will be really bad for your physical and mental well-being, so you need to take some steps to deal with it. Here’s what you can do:
Speak to your bosses
Talk to your boss – or bosses – about your stress. Communicate why you feel stressed and why it’s starting to be a problem.
See if any solutions can be created to help you deal with your stress. This is a good idea, particularly if you’re not the only one that’s stressed at work.
Often, stress is caused by the business and how it operates.
For instance, the shift patterns are stupid and they need to be fixed so more people are working at the same time. Talk to your bosses and see if any problems can be solved, making life less stressful at work.
Learn de-stressing techniques that you can do at work
It’s good to find some time to sit down and de-stress while you’re at work.
When you feel the stress building, take a break. Control your breathing, count to ten and just let the whole world slow down.
There are plenty of de-stressing techniques you can learn that you’re able to do while working. The idea is that you apply them now and then to stop the stress from building to the point where it is uncontrollable.
Take time off work
If your stress is really bad and it’s affecting the quality of your life, you are entitled to take time off work.
Most employers will let you have time off with sick pay, but if they don’t you can use WorkCover lawyers to help you gain compensation during your time off. After all, the workplace is technically responsible for your stress. Especially if you followed the first step and spoke to your bosses about it.
If you explained why you’re stressed and what they could do to help, but they don’t act at all, it puts them in a pretty bad situation. You may be able to sue them for causing illness at work – so keep that in mind.
Even if you don’t take sick days off, it is smart to take a holiday when the stress gets too much. A few days off work can let you unwind and relax, reducing your stress levels.
Of course, if you go back to work and feel stressed again right away, there’s a big problem. It is normal to feel stressed in some high-stress jobs. However, if the stress isn’t caused by your job – but rather the people in your workplace – it might be time to quit. Stop putting your mental health through hell and find a better job.