Chances are, your job as a PMP occasionally means that you get a visitor from a very unwanted guest… STRESS. Do you sometimes lay up at night, thinking about all of the work that lies ahead of you tomorrow? Or, do you get so flustered by tasks that you have a hard time even knowing where to start? Do you feel exhausted and overwhelmed by your daily workload? Work stress can lead to anxiety, sleep loss, and impaired functioning. Knowing how to counteract this stress can help you become a more productive employee and make you happier in both your professional and personal life.
We face all different kinds of stressors in our life, but for many, work stress can be particularly intrusive. As a nation, we are getting more and more consumed by stress at work. In fact, nearly 83% of US workers feel stressed about their work, and nearly 70% believe that they have too much work on their plates. Nationally, nearly 1,000,000 employees miss work every day for stress-related reasons. For those stressed employees who do show up, 3 out of 5 say that they have lost productivity due to stress at the office. Long-term stress can have drastic physical consequences, and stressed employees spend as much as 46% more on health-care related items annually than their less-stressed counterparts. Work stress is effecting our health, commitment, and bottom line in a very real way.
What are some of the most common work-related stressors?
- Feeling underpaid/unsatisfied with pay.
- Feeling under-appreciated by your employers.
- Growing work loads.
- Feeling insecure about your place within a company/organization.
- Having little work/life balance.
- Feeling like you have little say/your opinion is not valued.
So, how can we find a way to meet the demands of the current work climate, but protect the state of our physical and mental well-being at the same time? Implementing healthy, stress-busting habits into our daily lives may be the key to a more relaxed and well-balanced future. If you suffer from daily work stress, try giving some of these stress-reducing techniques a try:
No matter what your source of stress is, taking steps to reduce that stress can have long lasting and positive effects. And, replacing any unhealthy habits you typically use to deal with stress with more positive ones can improve your long term heath. Just remember, there is never a reason to sacrifice your health for work. Ultimately, you are worth more than your workload- so remember to put yourself first!