Improving Your Work Life
By Rachel Shouse
Seeing as how work can take up a large portion of your day, it's understandable that we face struggles there. That being said, there are some things you can do to help reduce any overwhelming feelings you may have. Learning some quick ways to reduce stress is very helpful in the moment. There are also changes you can make outside of work that could be a great benefit to you as well. Along with that, understanding the signs that you're overworked is very helpful.
Reducing Work Stress
Vacations is a concept a lot of us very much look forward to. You may think of sandy beaches, snow covered mountain tops, historical discovery, etc., when you hear this word. These fun activities and experiences may be hard to do during a pandemic. There are ways to relax and reduce stress at home though, so don't skip this.
Vacations aren't always possible and it's not always what we need. We can't always run from our struggles. It's important that you communicate your work struggles with your boss. I know a lot of people worry about losing their jobs by admitting that they're overwhelmed and need some help. You have to remember that your bosses are people as well and are capable of empathy and understanding. That can't happen unless you start up a conversation though.
Making Changes in Your Everyday Life
Making changes to what's going on outside of work may not seem very helpful. If you think about it though, how easy is it to let other areas of our lives bleed into each other? It's easier to let it happen than it is to stop it. That being said, there are things you can do to help. Step No. 1 is being intentional with your time and thoughts.
When you're with your family and friends, be sure to put as much focus as you can into what you're currently doing. This not only helps your relationships, but it also encourages self-control in other areas of your life, such as work.
Signs that You're Overwhelmed
Burnout can happen to anyone. While this may be a new and upcoming concept, it's very real. Burnout can lead to mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. If you think your struggles with work are beyond your control, seek some outside help with a counselor or discuss the problems with your human resources department. People who are overdoing it may abuse alcohol or drugs, have little to no interest in normal hobbies, feeling more tired than usual, and more.
Making these changes and/or facing these problems can be overwhelming in and of themselves. Seems a little counterproductive when you're trying to reduce your stress. Sometimes, we have to face our problems in order to make them go away. It can help if you try and remember why you're doing this. Motivation is a big helper.
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