Let me at least share with you some ways on how to reduce work and job stress, including “blogging stress”. If you have been reading my post, you know I like to use my own catch phrase. And so I will call work stress a “blogging stress” as well. 🙂
Do you consider blogging as your work or job? I do. And If you are like me, having a “part-time” job in blogging can add to my daily work stress, and it is something not to be taken lightly.
So in this post I will be referring to my blogging as a form of work or job. Because it is. No matter how people say that it is just their passion or hobby, and not really a job per se. It can put a toll in your health as you start to take blogging seriously enough to cause some sort of stress.
Look around you at the faces of many people as you go about your daily work and life – stress is written over their faces. Stress at work is a silent killer, quietly eating away at you, until one day when it snaps.
It has depleted you of your energy, it has made you unable to concentrate properly, your confidence is shaken, you are making mistakes, and your boss won’t admit that you and others are stressed – he just walks around with a smile on his face all the time – – recognize some of that?
What to watch out for
Do you recognize these symptoms of stress – try headaches, increased blood pressure, upset stomachs, chest pain, unable to sleep at night – and probably quite a few others things.
If you are desperate to get back and kick butt at the office, then you are going to need to take note of a couple of simple methods to reduce it, just so it doesn’t get on top of you.
And there are millions of people who are stressed, who are a “hazard in the workplace” according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the US. Stress costs the USA $190 billion in health care bills every year. Over 65% of adults admit that work causes them major stress problems.
Get rid of bad stress
But stress isn’t all bad – you get good stress and bad stress and we are talking bad stress here, the debilitating stress. It’s when the good stress builds up so much it turns into bad stress. Look what can cause it:
- You are nervous of being fired or laid off or branded as a failure
- There are budget cuts and you need to fill in and do overtime.
- Rising expectations on you.
- Pressure to produce all the time, at your peak.
How do you know if your stress is getting the best of you?
- Your mood starts becoming depressed; you are irritable or withdrawn.
- You are losing interest in your work; apathy has set in.
- You can’t sleep; feeling tired a lot of the time.
- You can’t concentrate.
- You have muscle tensions, stomach problems, and headaches.
- You turn to drugs or alcohol.
There are positive things to try which can change the way you feel so that you can manage the stress before it overwhelms you:
- Form Positive Relationships. They won’t solve the problems, but just verbalizing with friends you can trust will lessen the stress.
- Start to exercise if you aren’t. Exercising, releases endorphins which boost the mood, taking your mind off stressful thoughts. I like to do a quick yoga as I dislike going to the gym to exercise.
- Start to eat nutritious healthy foods. Get away from the comfort foods, the unhealthy junk foods (a.k.a. chips) as a way of managing stress. In the end, they exacerbate the problem. Eat carbs like whole-wheat bread, vegetables, high fiber foods, super-foods that have antioxidants in them. Also, lean proteins with plenty of omega-3, noted to be excellent for stress and depression. Don’t seek a solution through alcohol because it is a natural depressant.
- Get your sleep. Stress sure can cause insomnia which makes you unable to face the next day with its problems and stresses. There are wonderful supplements that will help you through the night to relax you.
- You need to start organizing yourself and prioritizing.When you feel overwhelmed, stress can assuredly befall you and clutch you in its claws. Clarify your goals and set deadlines. It does sound easier said than done, but you need to set realistic deadlines. Writing down priorities and starting at the top, working yourself down your to-do list.
- Get rid of bad habits.Your outlook has a big impact on your ability to cope. You need to change your mindset to break bad habits that are keeping you back from performing at your best. You have to stay positive, resisting the need to be “perfect”.
There is no doubt that stress is a problem, but you can solve stress in the workplace by changing yourself. Try and follow these tips to bring your stress levels under control. Just so you can have peace of mind which you will have if you are prepared to make some changes.
The breakthrough will come through for you – then you will see some positive things coming your way.
Last thing I wanted to add is to take supplements that can help alleviate some of the symptoms of stress.
I have been taking the HBN Naturals organic supplement and I can honestly say that it has been a blessing. Give it a try. The only worse thing that can happen is, you will feel a lot better and your mind calmer.