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8 Steps For When You’re Stressed At Work

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Are you feeling stressed at work? Is life coming at you from all angles?

If your answer is yes then you’re definitely not alone.

Adulting can be stressful, overwhelming, and filled with new responsibilities and challenges.

And work stress hurts everyone. Studies show that stressful working conditions are actually associated with increased absenteeism, tardiness, and intentions by workers to quit their jobs. Yikes!

In this blog post, we’ll explore 8 actionable steps to help you beat feeling stressed at work. Let’s jump right in!

What To Do When You’re Stressed At Work 

Step 1: Identify the source of Stress 

The first step in overcoming work stress is to identify the cause.

Is it work-related stress, financial worries, or uncertainty about the future?

Take some time to reflect on what’s causing you to feel overwhelmed, perhaps making a note of the main causes.

Once you pinpoint this you can then start to take steps towards addressing the issue.


Step 2: Break tasks down

Feeling overwhelmed often stems from having too much on your plate.

An easy way to overcome this is by breaking down your tasks and responsibilities into smaller, more manageable chunks.

When you create a to-do list prioritise tasks based on urgency and importance.

By tackling one task at a time, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and progress, whilst also knowing that the tasks with closer deadlines are completed first.

Step 3: Make time for self-care

Self-care is crucial for maintaining mental and emotional well-being, especially stressful during times.

If you’re starting a new job or navigating a transitional phase you may find that the busier you become the less time you have for yourself.

Make self care a priority by engaging in activities that allow you to calm down and relax.

Whether it’s going for a walk, practicing mindfulness meditation or even just watching your favorite film, set aside time each day for something that you enjoy.

Step 4: Set boundaries

Learning to say no is a powerful skill that can help prevent overwhelm.

When you’re young and learning you may take on a lot just because you don’t feel you can say no or you don’t want to let people down.

It’s important to set boundaries with yourself and others to protect your time and energy.

Be realistic about what you can commit to and don’t be afraid to decline additional responsibilities when necessary.

Remember, it’s okay to put yourself first!

Step 5: Seek support

Support is so important, especially during the more challenging phases.

You don’t have to navigate this alone!

Reach out to friends, family members, or colleagues for support and guidance.

Share your feelings with someone you trust and don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it.

Sometimes, just having someone to listen can make such a difference.

Step 6: Practice mindfulness and stress relief techniques

If the way you’re feeling can’t be changed by making changes to your schedule, you can incorporate mindfulness and stress relief techniques into your daily routine.

Different methods are more effective for different people, so find the techniques that work for you and practice them regularly.

This can help you stay grounded and present, particularly when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Step 7: Focus on what you can control

Feeling overwhelmed can come from worrying about things that are beyond your control. Instead of worrying try to shift your focus to what you can control – your thoughts, actions and reactions.

Worrying about what-ifs and worst-case scenarios won’t change what happens, instead, focus your energy on taking positive steps forward.

Step 8: Celebrate every step

Don’t forget to celebrate progress, no matter how small.

Acknowledge your accomplishments and celebrate the milestones along the way.

Every step forward is one worth celebrating and it’s important that you embrace your own success.

Feeling stressed at work is a common experience, but it doesn’t have to define you.

By following these 8 steps and finding what works best for you, you can move past work stress and embrace this exciting period of your life.

Remember, you’re capable of overcoming any challenge that comes your way. You’ve got this!

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About Imogen Pickton

Imogen is a writer for NetWerk® who loves all things creative. She is a social media marketer who creates content across multiple platforms, from tips and tricks to all of the lessons learnt along the way. She's passionate about helping young marketers to navigate the industry! Connect with her on LinkedIn!

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