Dealing With Stress at Work
By Stephen Bucaro
You can't totally avoid stress. Even if you had nothing to do but sit on the porch and
watch the grass grow, you would have stress. You would be thinking about the latest military
skirmish our government has gotten us into. You would be worried about the government spending
the country into bankruptcy. You would worried about steadily increasing crime and if you would
become a victim. You would be stressing over the weather and if the lack of rain would cause
that grass to turn brown and die. You would be stressing over the fact that you're just sitting
on the porch not getting proper exercise and if this would affect your health. There's always
something to stress about.
Work loads on even more to worry about. Will that idiot fellow employee that you had
an argument with somehow get you fired? Will you get your latest assignment completed on time?
Have you made a mistake that hasn't been discovered yet and the boss is going ream you out
when it does get discovered? Is business slowing down and management putting your name on the
non-essential personnel list for possible layoff? There's always something at work to stress about.
Yes, stress is a normal part of life and work, but too much stress can actually cause
health problems. How do you know if you're experiencing too much stress? Below is a list of
the signs of too much stress.
• Feeling worried or afraid most of the time
• Feeling depressed and having no interest in life or work
• Having no interest in being with other people
• Felling tired and fatigued but can't sleep
• Can't focus or concentrate
• Muscle tension for no reason
• Headaches and⁄or vision problems
• Stomach problems
How to Deal With Too Much Stress
Most stress is caused by poor time management. Lets face it, if there were no time limits,
no deadlines, if you could just let things take forever, there would be no stress. Poor time
management results from having too much on your plate and having a life out-of-balance.
The fact is, one man, or one woman, can only do so much. Make a list of all the things
that are eating up your time. Which things on your list are things that you must do, and which
are things that you should do? Maybe you have a problem saying NO to people who have no respect
for your time and for your personal life. Donít over-commit yourself. Drop things that aren't
An individual can accomplish an amazing amount of things if they have balance. When I
say balance, I mean physical-mental balance and work-personal life balance. If you're spending
a lot of time at work involved in mental activities, use your after-work time involved in physical
activities. Each minute of physical activity deletes the stress caused by one minute of mental
activity. I know it sounds crazy, but give it a try. It works.
If you're spending a lot of time at work, balance that with social activities, family
time, and solitary activities and downtime. Sure working all kinds of overtime may get you
a bigger paycheck, but what good is that going to be after you have a nervous breakdown or
a stroke? We work to earn money to have a better life, not to have no life.