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Stress at work

How to handle it when work gets tough

Written by SpunOut | View this authors Twitter page and posted in employment

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Stress is a normal part of all our everyday lives. We experience it daily in small amounts and, occasionally, in larger amounts. In fact, sometimes we find ourselves in stressful situations that we are not prepared for at all. These situations can happen at home, in school or at work.

When it comes to the workplace, there are many sources of stress. One might be a project deadline, where the boss is breathing down your neck for the results. Another might be your relationship with your boss or colleagues. Sadly, there is always the possibility of having problems there.

Another source of stress might be the desire or need to improve your skills and to be better at your job. This pressure can come from your boss, or from yourself and your own ambitions. Your hard work might have helped you get to where you are, but working too much will only lead to burn out. If you get too wrapped up in work you can become blind to your physical and mental wellbeing.

Sometimes, stress at work is the result of the job being too demanding for the capabilities of the employee. You may feel panicky, anxious and over burdened to the extent that you cannot cope. Your behaviour may change and you may become irritable, cranky, angry, aggressive and hostile or withdrawn, fatigued, demoralised and depressed. 

Tips to reduce stress at work

  • Firstly, take a step back and recognise that you are stressed. The symptoms are both physical and emotional.
  • Take control of the situation.
  • If you are feeling the job isn’t suited to you, ask to be re-trained. You might feel more comfortable in a job that you have a better understanding of.
  • Perhaps another role in the workplace might be more suitable for you.
  • Stress can control us if we don’t take control of it. It can motivate us to reach the finishing line, but it can also make us not hear the gun go off. It is a strong force and must not be underestimated.
  • Check out our tips for reducing the stress factor and these 10 instant stress relievers!
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Published February 13th, 2013
Last updated February 23rd, 2018
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