Most adults under 65 spend at least 8 hours in the workplace. Unfortunately, not all workplace environments are conducive to good mental health, or even good physical health. In the last decade, the number of American workers that say job stress is a major problem in their lives has doubled. In fact, the US Department of Health reported that 70 percent of physical and mental complaints at work are related to stress.
We’ve been told that the most depressing careers are:
Nursing Home and Child Care; Food Service; Social Work; Health-care; Art, Entertainment, and Writing; Teaching; Administrative Support; Maintenance and Grounds; Financial Advising and Accounting; and Sales.
If you’re in one of those occupations, and chances are high that you are, what do you do? Do you quit your job in hopes of find a better one in the worst economy since the Depression? Probably not, but there are some things you can do to alleviate your workplace blues. Here are some:
Workplace Stress Annihilators
Make a schedule, and stick to it.
Knowing what you have to do and when to do it eliminates at least half of your stress. We get depressed when we think there’s no way to accomplish what we need to do. Seeing it on paper and having a plan bursts that bubble of gloom.
De-sterilize your work space.
Whether you have an office, a cubical or just a desk, fill it with energizing colors like red and violet, or happy colors like green and yellow, or a calming blue color; plants; photos and artwork. If you’re a coffee or tea drinker, get a fantastic mug, or for a more delicate touch, a beautiful china cup and saucer. Bring in your own Tiffany lamp or a lamp specially made for Seasonal Affective Disorder, especially if there are no windows near your work area.
Do what the pros do – calming exercises.
Most relaxation exercises can be done as you are in the middle of a crisis – like when your boss is yelling at you or you have a report due in 30 minutes and still have an hour’s worth of work to do. In addition, add some music – whatever kind does the trick for you.
If your whole identity is connected with work, of course you’re going to be depressed if work is not going well. Find things that you like to do that will give you another reason to get up in the morning: join a book club, a hiking group, a gym, start painting – even if you’ve never painted before. Find a new set of friends – outside work. All cities, and many small towns, these days have interest groups you can find out about on the internet.
Get out of your office building for lunch. Meet friends for lunch dates or go to the gym or start walking with a buddy.
Either professional or from a mentor, clergy or good friend you can talk to. Talking things out always make things seem a lot less worse, and sometimes even opens up new avenues of opportunity.
Take a break – a sabbatical, a vacation, a leave of absence.
However long you think you need and is available to you – take it! Do something completely different for the time allotted to you. When you come back, you may see things with a completely fresh pair of eyes.
If you don’t:
Go with Your Gut.
With counsel and fresh eyes, start making plans to head down a new road. You may already know what that road is. If you don’t, open yourself to whatever the universe has for you. If you have to stay in your present job for the time being, look at that as an opportunity to find the balance of good and bad before you leave.
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