If you’re having a bad time at work or spending too much time working you are at risk for suffering from stress and you also run the chance of burning out. In case you haven’t heard of burnout (if you’ve ever been a college student you should be familiar), it’s basically a physical and mental exhaustion you suffer from not getting enough down time.
Burnout is stress, and stress can actually kill you, although some stress can also actually be good for you. There is both healthy stress and bad stress. Bad stress can lead to many illnesses, including heart problems.
The trick is noticing the difference between good stress and bad stress, and then doing what you can to at least lower the amount of stress in both your work life and your home life. Bad stress can make you moody, it can make it hard for you to get sleep at night, and even cause problems in your home and work life. Good stress makes you motivated.
Practice Better Communication Skills
One of the biggest causes of stress in the workplace, depending on what your job is, is communication issues. When communications break down in any relationship, whether it’s at work or at home, it can cause huge amounts of stress.
It helps to find tricks that allow you to communicate better, whether it’s vocally or through written word. You want to make sure that if you feel as though communication is falling through you find a way to open it back up rather than just letting it stress you out.
If you’ve got some important work to do you can avoid stress by limiting the amount of interruptions that you might have during your project. That means shutting off the phones, closing your office door, or even turning off your music so you can give your work you full attention.
Get Plenty Of Sleep And Eat Right
Sleep, exercise, and a healthy diet are perfect for nearly anything that ails you, including stress. If you’re only getting four hours of sleep a night you are adding to your poor health and chances of increased stress.
Eating your fruits and vegetables can give you the healthy vitamins and minerals your body needs to be stress free. And, exercise is a natural mood elevator is well.
Relaxation can help you fight stress and burnout as well. You can find relaxation through meditation, yoga, fitness, and even massage. Add yoga and meditation into every day and schedule a regular massage once a week or twice a month if stress is weighing big over your life.
Burnout can mess up your job just as much as stress can mess up your health. Do something to make your life easier and you’ll have less stress in your life.