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Dealing with Stress at Work: Mental Health

Dealing with Stress at Work: Mental Health
"""How can I manage my stress at work?

When coping with stress, there are several proactive strategies you can use. Remember that the job environment itself can contribute to stress. Individuals can benefit from mental health, self-care, exercising, stress management classes, and counseling services, but don't forget to find and deal with the stress's underlying causes. These more OSH Answers documents on how to lessen stress at work are recommended for employers and organizations to review: Mental Health: An Overview Psychosocial Risk Factors in the Workplace and Mental Health Comprehensive Workplace Health and Safety Program: Mental Health: How to Address and Support Workplace Health and Well-Being The cause of the stress, however, may not always be something that can be quickly changed. Therefore, it's crucial to figure out how to support maintaining excellent mental health on a personal level.

How can I tell if someone is having stress management issues?

The Canadian Mental Health Association has created the questionnaire below to assist people gauge their level of stress: How Much Stress Do You Have? DO YOU OCCUR RARELY: YES NO disregard your diet? Try to handle everything on your own? easily blow up? set improbable goals? Miss the humor in circumstances that others find amusing? Be impolite? ""Big Deal"" about everything? rely on other people to bring about change? having trouble making judgments Say that you lack organization? Avoid conversing with those whose opinions differ from your own? Maintain everything indoors? neglect your workouts? Have few relationships that are supportive? use tranquilizers and sleeping drugs without a doctor's prescription? Get insufficient sleep? Get upset when you have to wait? Ignore signs of stress? postpone actions until later? Do you believe there is only one appropriate course of action? You neglect to schedule downtime for yourself? Gossip? hurriedly complete the day? Do you frequently vent your frustrations over the past? unable to escape the people and noise? What's Your Stress Index, with permission. Association for Canadian Mental Health. Based on the quantity of ""Yes"" votes, the score is to be interpreted as follows: 0–5: You don't have many troubles. Make sure, though, that you are not purposefully attempting to avoid issues. 6–10: You have a decent handle on your life. Work on the decisions and routines that might still be adding unneeded stress to your life. 11–15: You are getting close to the danger area. You can be experiencing symptoms of stress, and your relationships might be strained. Take time each day to rest and reflect on the decisions you've made. 16–25: Urgent! You must pause, reflect on your life, alter your perspective, and pay close attention to your nutrition, exercise routine, and downtime.

How can I recognize what causes stress?

Trying to pinpoint the root of your reaction could be helpful for some people. For a week or two, record or keep a journal to determine which circumstances cause you the most stress and how you handle them (physical, mental, emotional). Include a succinct explanation of each circumstance, addressing issues like: Where were you? Who participated? What did you think? (Have you been louder? Visit the vending machine for a snack? Experiencing emotion? Take a stroll?) How were you feeling? You can discover patterns between your stressors and your responses by taking notes. Review your journal after that. You can come into obvious sources of stress, like the potential loss of your work or challenges with a specific project. You might also pick up on less obvious but enduring stressors like a long commute, the speed at which work is done, a lot of interruptions, or a cramped office.

What are some strategies I can employ to control how I react to stress?

Try some of the actions listed below: Boost your confidence Determine your strengths and shortcomings. Accept them, build on them, and make all effort you can to do your best. Prioritize: Take charge of the situation by taking 10 minutes at the beginning of each day to prioritize and organize your day. Be honest with colleagues, but be constructive and make practical suggestions. Talk to others: Talk with trusted colleagues or friends about the issues you are facing at work. They might be able to provide insights or offer suggestions. Sharing a problem with others who have had similar experiences may help you find a solution. Set boundaries: Set limits to when you will work extra hours (including when you will take work calls or check for e-mails outside regular work hours). Eat right, keep fit: A balanced diet, exercise, and rest can help you to reduce stress and enjoy life. Learn to relax, take several deep breaths throughout the day, or have regular stretch breaks. Make time for family and friends: These relationships need to be nurtured; if taken for granted they will not be there to share life's joys and sorrows. Give and accept support from friends and family. Create a meaningful budget: Financial problems cause stress. Over-spending on our wants instead of our needs can be added stress. Volunteer: Being involved in community can give a sense of purpose and satisfaction. Learn to laugh: Share a laugh with a co-worker, watch a funny movie at home with friends, read the comics, and try to see the humour in the situation. Identify and deal with moods: We all need to find safe and constructive ways to express our feelings of anger, sadness, joy and fear. Learn to be at peace with yourself: Get to know who you are, what makes you really happy, and learn to balance what you can and cannot change about yourself. Other mental fitness tips include: Give yourself permission to take a break from your worries and concerns. Recognize that dedicating even a short time every day to your mental fitness will help you feel rejuvenated and more confident. """"Collect"""" positive emotional moments - Make a point of recalling times when you have experienced pleasure, comfort, tenderness, confidence or other positive things. Do one thing at a time - Be """"present"""" in the moment, whether out for a walk or spending time with friends, turn off your cell phone and your mental """"to do"""" list. Enjoy hobbies - Hobbies can bring balance to your life by allowing you to do something you enjoy because you want to do it. Set personal goals - Goals don't have to be ambitious. They could be as simple as finishing a book, walking around the block every day, learning a new hobby, or calling your friends instead of e-mailing. Whatever goal you set, reaching it will build confidence and a sense of satisfaction. Express yourself - Whether in a journal or talking to a wall, expressing yourself after a stressful day can help you gain perspective, release tension, and boost your body's resistance to illness. Treat yourself well - Take some """"you"""" time to help relax- whether it's cooking a good meal, mediation, participating in sports, seeing a movie, go for a walk, play with your family and pets - do something that brings you joy.

What are some ways to get support?

Support may come in many ways, including: Talk to your supervisor: Start by having an open conversation with your supervisor. They may not be aware that you are struggling. The purpose of the meeting is to come up with an effective plan for managing your work or the stressors you've identified so you can perform at your best on the job. While some parts of the plan may be designed to help you improve your skills in areas such as time management, other elements might include clarifying what is expected of you, getting necessary resources or support from colleagues, enriching your job to include more challenging or meaningful tasks, or making changes to your physical workspace to make it more comfortable and reduce strain. Set realistic goals. Work with management to set realistic expectations and deadlines. Set regular progress reviews and adjust your goals as needed. Seek and accept help. Your employer may also have resources available through an employee assistance program (EAP), including online information, available counseling and referral to mental health professionals, if needed. Accepting help from trusted friends and family members or professionals can improve your ability to manage stress. If you continue to feel overwhelmed by work stress, you may want to talk to your doctor, a mental health professional, or psychologist who can help you better manage stress. Know when to seek help."""
 

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