Managing stress on the job
Stress produces physical symptoms, and many of its roots can be traced to the workplace. Here are some of the most significant sources of on-the-job stress.
A phone that vibrates for incoming emails day and night, a travel schedule that interferes with family life and so much more, this is the age-old struggle with the work-life balance. Even if you love your job, the stress does get to you and it happens when there’s an imbalance between the demands of a situation and a person’s resources for managing it.
As individuals have begun to spend more hours working than ever before, this has left less time for personal obligations. Meanwhile, people also shoulder a large caretaking burden, more often than not, women are still the caretakers for children and are involved in elder care, which presents caretaker obligations at both ends of the life span.
The inflexibility of work environments is another stressor. For instance, some might want to telecommute or maintain nontraditional hours to enable them to fulfill personal obligations, but many employers still dislike flexible working arrangements.
Mobile devices like laptops and smartphones creep into personal time. Even though some leave the office at 6 o’clock, they’re checking their email in bed. Ever-present technology makes it more difficult for those who are already time-strapped to unplug from work and have downtime.
4 Ways to Cope
- Incorporate regular spurts of movement into your day, particularly if you spend most of your time sitting behind a desk. Even short daytime walks are helpful.
- Eight hours of sleep are essential. Sleep boosts your mood and helps you to deal with daily challenges more effectively.
- Find time for pleasure and joy. Prioritize hobbies and do them on a regular basis, having purpose and meaning in your life is key to job satisfaction
- Treat your social network as a stress buffer that boosts health and longevity. Your group doesn’t have to be large, as long as it supports your sense of connection and shared experience.