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What to Do When Stress Shows Up at Work

By Sandy Schroeder

When our jobs work well, we do too -- but we start to twitch a bit when new issues come up. When you encounter daily changes, start a new job, or just feel differently about what you are doing, stress often rushes in to make the situation even worse.

If this sounds familiar, you might welcome this advice on stress from Fast Company. Here’s what they suggest.

Jobs are like traveling - Visiting a foreign country can be exhilarating and terrifying. Every time you turn around something new is happening, and you have to figure it out. Street signs, different currency, and unusual foods can make visits to foreign countries a challenge. When the landscape changes with your current job, or a new one,  you may feel like you are in a foreign country. Staying calm and working through new situations day-by-day can gradually make it better.

Too much stress equals overload - Our brains like predictability. When you start a new job, or encounter changes in your present job, loss of predictability can send stress soaring. When it becomes difficult to predict what’s going to happen next, the brain may go on high stress alert. Too much stress overstimulates us and makes it difficult to do normal tasks. Tiredness settles in and the immune system weakens.

Here are some things to counter the stress.

Keep the rest of your world level - When you are going through a lot of job stress, try to keep the rest of your world as normal as possible. Familiar routines with your family can be a comforting fallback after a long day at work. Weekend getaways with your kids to hike or bike can provide a much-needed escape.

Hang on to normal work routines - Even though you may be tackling a new job, or dealing with a stream of new issues in your present job, try to follow your normal work patterns, handling the new things and fitting them in as they come up. Meshing the new with the old may make all of it seem OK.

Realize change is inevitable - What seems new and demanding today, may become very ordinary as the days roll ahead. When you stay open to change and calmly assess new situations, nothing may be as major as it seemed. After a few days, the old and new may blend together and be perfectly workable.

Overall, the more ways you learn to stay level, the less challenging new situations may be. As you move through your career, you may see patterns repeated, or use strategies from previous jobs to handle new challenges. Don’t panic, just keep moving. If you look around, you may realize everyone else is doing the same thing.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in McKinney, Tex.

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