Not being a big fan of your job is a pretty common human experience. But for many Americans, a job is worse than an unpleasant duty. It’s a death sentence.
A woman in Tokyo, Japan died due to overwork! Sounds alarming? It indeed is. Authorities said, the 31-year-old employee logged 159 hours of overtime and took only two days off in the month leading up to her death from heart failure.
Remember, the Indian boy, Sarvashreshth Gupta living the American dream. The 21-year-old was working with Goldman Sachs in US, seemed like the perfect job, the perfect life. But that was not the case. He soon ended his life, and his father said, the job ended up eating him alive!
For many white-collared professionals, a work day is filled with never-ending meetings, emails, phone calls and other interruptions that don’t end even outside the office.
Heart disease, diabetes and depression are among the ailments facing full-time workers, half of whom typically work more than 40 hours a week, and four in 10 work at least 50 hours a week.
Aiding the always-at-work mentality is technology that allows us to work anytime and from anyplace.
Because your work defines so much of your world, the thought of losing it is a major source of stress. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help yourself cope with work-related stress.
Here’s the thing, finding the source of your stress is the first step to fighting it, but that’s easier said than done. Adding these life skills could definitely be of help to you:
Take Care of Today
Focus only on that. Forget about all those tomorrows. And about all your yesterdays. Go small, narrow your focus greatly and just take care of today. This helps when you are overwhelmed.
Find The “Off” Button
Turn off your phones and gadgets after 6 or 8 pm each day. This will allow your body to fully “unplug” from the day’s stressors too.
Any form of exercise will work. Including yoga and walking in your routine, can ease depression and anxiety by helping the brain release feel-good chemicals and giving your body a chance to practice dealing with stress.
Stay Away From Conflict
Because interpersonal conflict takes a toll on your physical and emotional health, and because conflict among co-workers is so difficult to escape, it’s a good idea to avoid conflict at work as much as possible.
Get More Sleep
Rather than relying on medication, your aim should be to maximize your relaxation before going to sleep. Ensure, your bedroom is a tranquil oasis with no reminders of the things that cause you stress.
Manage Your Time
At times, we all feel overburdened by our ‘to-do’ list and this is a common cause of stress. Accept that you cannot do everything at once and start prioritizing your tasks.
Pay Attention to Warning Signs
Believe it or not, stress is like a sickness. Some of the things that you should pay attention to include: feeling anxious, irritable, depressed, loss of interest in work, sleeping problems, fatigue, trouble concentrating, muscle tension, headaches, stomach problems, social withdrawal, and even over consumption of alcohol or drugs. If these problems begin to occur, you could be doing some serious damage to your health and well being.
Just Say No
Trying to do everything is a one-way ticket to serious stress. Be clear about your limits.