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How to Handle Job Related Stress at Home

How to Handle Job Related Stress at Home

Job-related stress is extremely common among all employees. Studies show that up to 80% of employees feel stress on the job and 25% view their jobs as the number one stressor in their life. Unfortunately, this job-related stress isn’t something you only experience while in the office. You also experience it while at home as well. This can affect your family relationships, cause mental health issues, and much more.

If you are experiencing an excessive amount of stress at both work and home, here are a few tips you should implement today.

Develop strong time management skills

Many individuals feel excessive amounts of stress at home due to the thoughts of looming deadlines or projects they did not complete sitting in the back of their mind. To help reduce much of this stress, you want to develop strong time management habits. This will help you utilize your time wisely while at work and get the most accomplished throughout the day. A few time management skills you should implement include:

  • Evaluate how you are currently spending your time at work. Are you wasting a lot of time distracted by co-workers or browsing social media?
  • Figure out which hours you are most productive and avoid scheduling appointments, meetings, phone calls, etc.during that time.
  • Make a daily to-do list.
  • Prioritize the three most important tasks of each day.

Learn when to turn off the computer

When you’re stressed and have a lot on your plate, it is easy to stay late at work or work throughout your weekends. Unfortunately, this is only going to cause you to be burned out and stressed. Rather, you need to set boundaries and learn when you need to walk away from work and your job-related stress. For example, set goals that you will not complete any work-related tasks after 6 p.m. or that you will only work one weekend a month.

Do something you love every day

Self-care is not a fad or a trend that should be forgotten. Self-care gives us a chance to rejuvenate and rest our bodies so we can best handle various events in our lives. Additionally, self-care is going to look different for every person. Some individuals love to relax in a hot bath or take a nap. Others want to spend time running outdoors or socializing with friends. Self-care is simply taking care of yourself by doing something you love every day. When you properly care for your body both mentally and physically, you will be better able to handle all job-related stress that occurs in your life.

Talk to your boss

If your job-related stress is greatly affecting your home-life, your manager needs to be aware. This can affect you both mentally and physically, causing you to eventually burn out or by affecting your job performance. Your boss may not be aware of the pressure placed upon you and they need to be aware so you are given some time to recoup. Work with your boss to develop a plan that is best for you. You may need to take some vacation time, remove a few tasks from your to-do list, etc.

Keep in mind that job-related stress is not a sign of weakness. It is, however, something that you need to handle well or it will affect you both physically and mentally. Keep the above tips in mind to help you better enjoy your time at work and at home.