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How to Deal with Work Related Stress
The Facts of Life
We all wish to have that dream job were the hours weren't so long and the environment wasn't as stressful. Most can agree when I say that we rather be working at a place where you feel important and that your decisions make a positive difference in the world while of course making more money. Most of us average Joes don't get that opportunity because we had to decide on a job or career when we weren't ready. We were told to get a job or starve (a bit dramatic but you know what I mean).
The truth is that I didn't even know what I wanted to do after I received a degree in education. I love the field of education but sometimes I feel over encumbered by the demands placed on us as teachers. We are required to manage student behavior while teaching in-depth lessons, assessing multiple students, meeting deadlines, and inputing student data/information all in a short period of time. We must also meet with parents (Who at times might be in denial of any negative feedback their child might be getting) Honestly it isn't easy but there is a way I deal with the stress.
You need to plan out your day it works easier that way. Over the weekend or whenever you have an opportunity sit down and list all of the tasks you need to complete at your job. When you write or plan things out it becomes more concrete and you don't have to carry a load of information in your head. Remember at the end of the day a job is a job its not fun until you get those paychecks but you must try to be the best at what you do while not giving up your social life and relationships with family and friends.
Time management is key to making your day go by more quickly and efficiently. You need to feel that you are using every minute to your advantage so if you have extra time complete next weeks tasks and go further. Plan ahead and you will see major improvements in the quality of your job.
Do not take critique to heart just deal with whatever you get and realize that people who been at their job longer than you still make mistakes because that is just part of being human we learn through challenge. Although stressful at times I really do appreciate my teaching job because it gives me the skills I need to become a better and more equipped teacher while changing the lives of students. Do something that is significant to you and you will see that you have purpose which will raise your confidence and in turn make you a better worker.
If you are working somewhere that you totally hate but you need the money (trust me I have been there) Try to deal with it if you just can't anymore then save up for as much as you can and leave the job! It is not worth your energy and time. I do not recommend you leave your job without at least looking for a replacement one so that you won't be as financially hurt. Trust me its easier to quit anything then to stick around but quitting won't prepare you for the real world because the truth is that in life we must do things that we don't like but with the right planning we can get where we want to go.
Love It Or Leave It
Love it or Leave it? Don't Jump Ahead Too Fast!
There were times in my life when i wanted to just throw in the towel and quit my job but my logical side would tell me "Rabadi, do you really want to do this? Are you financially stable? Can you handle being a quitter?" It would eat me up inside to think that but at the same time it made me feel kind of good to know that I am not attached to my job and in reality I could leave it anytime I want of course it is a tough decision but it is a decision I have, never let yourself believe that you are forced to do something you don't want to believe me from experience your boss needs you as much as you need that job! You have leeway in choosing what you want of course the choices may be limited but you still have choices.
Dealing With Work Stress Advice #1
Manage your "fun time" with family and friends and make sure you make plans! Now that you have some cash coming into your life don't be afraid to spend some to go out to see a movie or order a pizza for family and friends and make games night. Do the things you want to do! You work hard enough you deserve to take a day out of the weekend to unwind.
Dealing With Work Stress Advice #2
Talk to family or friends about your job get their opinion. It is okay to vent about work, I think everybody does. Also laugh about the silly things that go on at your job, your co workers reaction to something, the coffee that spilled all over your shirt, your boss's toupee! Just be funny about the situation that way you release stress and become more positive about your work situation.
Dealing With Work Stress Advice #3
Get some rest! You work hard take a day for yourself to sleep a little earlier. Listen to some calming music or any music of your choice that makes you feel relaxed.
Dealing With Work Stress Advice #4
This is a big one! Schedule what your week is going to look like. Get the time right, make a task check list and an events list. Remember you have your meeting on Friday at 1:15 in your boss's office. Get it planned and try to make good friends with at least one of your coworkers that way you can always ask them for feedback or any advice that can make your life easier. There is a way to live better you just have to get it.
Learn to Live Stress Free of Work
Make sure that you handle the stressors of the job that come your way as soon as you feel it because it will help prepare you for taking on the bigger stress issue that can occur later on. You must teach yourself to handle the stress by looking for quick solutions that will help change your work environment. Eat healthier, go for a walk, let it out whatever you are feeling let it out and let the good come in you. You must also realize that work is never easy or it wouldn't be work and it is up to you to calmly look for solutions, figure out your options, and implement changes in your attitude.
You must approach a problem in a different light because if you just keep seeing negative from any situation it will greatly affect how you will react to the stress in life. Mean coworkers? Smile at them, kill them with kindness they will break faster than a light twig on a breezy winter day. Also be more open minded and make your coworkers feel special by laughing at their jokes or listening to their problems without giving harsh feedback. Trust me if you're feeling bad about the job you are in I'm sure some of your coworkers are feeling the same and its up to you to boost and motivate yourself and others.
Changing your attitude will help change the way you see the things around you, and the way you react to them. It will make you healthier and happier to keep your mind strong and not take critique to heart in fact use it to get better at what you do. Keep your cool no matter what and realize that nothing last forever even your job so make the best out of what you have and if you don't like what you are doing look for a new job in the mean time talk to people about it and take sometime out for yourself!
Thanks for reading,
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