We all have our rough weeks, some more than others.
Most of us work the standard 9 to 5 Monday through Friday work week, and with any job, there is the expectation of work-related stress. There are sometimes it can be motivating, but other times it can be extremely overwhelming and become a burden, whether at work or in your personal life. The moment you leave your office for the weekend, work becomes the last thing you want to think about. No matter what kind of schedule you have, if work or your personal life has been making you miserable and is a major cause of stress and unhappiness, it is very important to address the anxiety.
Here are three ways to effectively help you remain composed and focused when you’re overworked, and also minimize the impact of pressure on your productivity, work success, and overall well-being.
HEALTHY STRESS CHANNELS
Bottling up stress and keeping it inside will eventually cause you to completely burst. It’s important that you find outlets to channel and release your feelings of tension and anxiety in a healthy way, rather than lashing out at yourself or others. There are plenty of activities that can satisfy this need and can be done by finding a new hobby or form of entertainment that will ease your mind and body, such as exercise, meditation, reading, gardening, painting, or cooking.
MAKE “YOU” TOP PRIORITY
This may be the most important, as your well-being means everything. There are times when work can easily monopolize your life, so you must force yourself to stay in control, even when it’s extra busy. Try eating healthily and get enough rest so you are able to function at full capacity, have enough nutrients, and keep energized. Also take a break every now and then. It might seem counterproductive, but when overwhelmed, it will help put things in perspective, allowing you to return in a refreshed state of mind.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP
There are limits to the amount of work one person can do, as no one can do it all. When you feel over your head, speak up, ask your supervisors, coworkers, family, or friends for help. Whether at home or work, the quality of your output will decline if you lack the necessary time to get things done right, so doing this will lift a huge weight off of your shoulders when others are there to help.