Reduce Work-Related Stress: Create A Self-Care Plan

Tight deadlines, budget cuts, economic change, interpersonal conflicts, and an overall lack of sleep is enough to make anyone overwhelmed with stress. And this list is only the tip of the iceberg.
Even though we have seen an increase in self-care campaigns in the past few years work stress is still a prevalent issue. However, this is not a surprising phenomenon considering we spend a large part of our lives at work. Our careers and the level of success we have within them often times dictate how we perform in other areas of our lives. At times it can be difficult to keep work-related stress where it belongs- in the office and so it goes home with us and there it continues to infiltrate our lives even further. So, with that being said wouldn’t it be better to have a preventive game plan for stress reduction/management?

The American Institute of Stress, says this about workplace stress:

Stress is a highly personalized phenomenon and can vary widely even in identical situations for different reasons. One survey showed that having to complete paperwork was more stressful for many police officers than the dangers associated with pursuing criminals. The severity of job stress depends on the magnitude of the demands that are being made and the individual’s sense of control or decision-making latitude he or she has in dealing with them. Scientific studies based on this model confirm that workers who perceive they are subjected to high demands but have little control are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease.


The American Institute of Stress. [Web log post]. Retrieved April 30, 2019, from https://www.stress.org/workplace-stress

As mentioned by the American Institute of Stress, the cause and effects of stress vary from person to person. Some individuals thrive when faced with high-pressure situations and work environments while others perform better under slower paced, less frenzied environments. It all hinges on the individual’s personality and work/learning style. Either way, having a toolbelt of stress-reducing tactics can only serve to promote a healthy life both in the office and at home.

Taking time for self-care is such an important element for reducing and managing our stress levels. So it’s a great place to start thinking about your stress management plan. What do you absolutely love to do? And we are not talking about work here, this has to be something non-work related that you can do for pure enjoyment. Read this article, “10 Tips to Help You De-Stress” for inspiration on implementing activities and an overall mindset towards self-care.

A stressed-out worker is an unhappy worker, and an unhappy worker is an unproductive worker. In fact, an estimated 1 million workers call in sick as a result of stress every day.

Uzialko, Adam C. [Web log post]. 3 Steps to Eliminate Workplace Stress. April 16, 2019. Retrieved April 30, 2019
https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8129-stress-reduction-tips.html

In the article above the author breaks it down into three easy categories to help us focus our efforts on reducing workplace stress. 1. Identify the cause 2. Assess your communication habits 3.Do more for yourself.

Read the full article here.

Stress and how we cope varies from person to person. So what helps one person may not be helpful for another. No one else truly knows where your area’s of struggle may be in the work environment. This is why it is important to be proactive in your own self-care/stress management strategy.

It is a good idea to routinely take stock of your work day and see where there is room for improvement, not only in productivity but also in stress reduction/management techniques. Because let’s face it, our level of success depends greatly on our health. In order to continue performing well in our jobs, we need to ensure we are strong both physically and mentally so we can not only meet the demands of work life but exceed them.

Additional Reading:

https://www.forbes.com/2009/09/30/executive-job-stress-leadership-ceonetwork-ccl.html#668ee1e75faf

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jennagoudreau/2013/03/20/12-ways-to-eliminate-stress-at-work/#708a16aa7f29

https://www.business2community.com/strategy/8-proven-ways-to-overcome-work-stress-01267151

https://hbr.org/2018/08/you-know-you-need-more-sleep-heres-how-to-get-it?autocomplete=true


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