Often stress on the job can over take our lives. It starts small, creeps in when we are not looking and least expect it. People often see a therapist to figure out what they can do. Almost everyone knows what they need to do, but either don’t realize it or just need someone to confirm the next set of action steps. We all have issues with co-workers, the boss, clients, customers, employees and so on. It is when we believe that we can’t solve these problems that stress begins to take on insurmountable proportions. This does not need to happen. Read on for tips and tricks to help you manage your stress.
- Self-care – Start to manage your stress by taking care of yourself. Exercising, eating right and getting enough sleep will make a huge difference.
- Transition time – Create space between work and home. Go for a walk after work or the gym. Take a shower when you get home to create a break. Change clothes.
- Open communication – Talk to your partner, your friends and your family. When appropriate talk to your boss, your co-workers or the person causing the stress. Be open about the issue. Utilize “I” statements and active listening for the best results.
- Lowering expectations for self and others – Often stress is a result of unrealistic expectations for yourself or others. How much of what is happening is your thinking about a problem? How much is the probem itself?
- Building a supportive community – Build a network of family and friends that you can rely on for support and advice, but more importantly that you can have fun with in your down time.
Stress doesn’t have to rule your life. If you need help managing your stress contact Annette Poechman at 905-520-5859 or click here. Listening. Guiding. Caring.