Top 5 Job Stress Busters

Who doesn't feel stressed at work? The pure essence of work can stress you out! The boss, the co-workers, the customers, the job description-all potential sources of anxiety or stress.

Yet, a job is more than a pay check for most of us. Your job is tied to your feeling of self-worth, value and adequacy. If your skills are not completely being utilized, you may not be challenged to reach your potential, causing boredom and feelings of being unfulfilled. If the requirements of the job exceed your skills, qualifications or knowledge base, you may feel overwhelmed and unprepared to meet the challenge. Even if your job sufficiently matches your skill set and challenges you to reach your full potential, the demands of the job can begin to take their toll.

If not managed or balanced properly, job stress can literally destroy both your work and home life. Here are some great tips to ease the pressure.

1. Figure out how you really feel about the job

Take some time to examine what you get out of the job (outside of the paycheck). Do you ever feel really good about the work you do? Do you feel that your contributions make a positive impact on the clients, the environment, even the world? Are you doing what you really want to be doing? Is there something else that interests you? Meditate on what your job means to you. If it is not your dream job or your life's work, then consider what is.

2. Figure out the pros and the cons

Make a list of all the things you like about the job. What are all the benefits? Then make a list of all the things you would rather live without. What do you hate about the job? Compare the two lists. It could be that your boss is a pain in the neck, but you realize that this is a stepping stone to get to the position that you are passionate about. In that case, though the boss is a source of stress, you may be able to create a plan to help you manage that stress until you are able to move into the position you really want.

3. Put things in perspective

Many times our stress is in our own heads. That doesn't make the stress any less real, but it is stress that we have more control over. Our attitude, the way we feel about a situation, can cause more stress than the situation itself. By figuring out if what is bothering you at work is as important as you think it is, the circumstances may become more bearable. Maybe most of the customers are rude, but there are one or two regulars who truly depend on you and are quick to offer words of appreciation. Perhaps the co-workers are all back stabbing, brown-nosers, but you know one or two trusted colleagues who really have your back. Since we all know the scales of life are usually not balanced, is it possible to live happily with the little victories? Thus, relieving much of the mental stress with a slight adjustment in your attitude.

4. Create a plan

Regardless of what triggers your job stress, the obstacle can be dealt with. You can create a plan to overcome it or at the very least, deal with it until an opportunity presents itself to remove it from your path. Even if you decide to leave your current job for a new one, do some research, set realistic goals and create an action plan to reach them. You don't want to exchange one overly stressful situation for another, so take time to prepare and create that plan.

5. Get some help

Consider speaking with a career counselor, a stress management coach or a life coach. These professionals are trained to ask the right questions to help you gain clarity and develop a plan that best suits your goals. Consider learning stress management techniques to help you relax. These can be used to alleviate stress in other areas of life as well. The more stress you relieve, the better equipped you are to deal with the stresses in life that are inevitable.

Consider these tips the next time you have a stressful day at work. These job stress busters can help.

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