Stress and tension are normal reactions to events that feel like a threat to us. In your case, you say that your work situation is causing you stress.
The level and extent of stress someone feels depends a great deal on their attitude to a particular situation. An event which may be extremely stressful for one person can be a minor event in another person's life.
Also, stress is not always a bad thing because some people thrive on it and even need it to get things done.
Regardless of whom you are or what you do, chances are you spend a lot of time involved in the busyness of life, worrying about getting everything done, and feeling out of control.
Most people don't handle their stress well. They focus on the unpleasant and unexpected things that happen daily. This should just be called ‘life’ and we need to know that we can learn to better handle the stressors that life sends our way.
The workplace is often a very stressful environment. Yes, Deadlines are a major cause of Work Related Stress. Other factors that might contribute to this type of stress are:
- conflict with your boss/co-workers,
- changes that happen abruptly, where you cannot cope with them,
- threats to job security, or
- A fear of not performing to expectations.
When addressing the question about workplace related stress I would, apart from considering the normal stress relieving strategies, first ask if you are actually in the right career.
When dealing with clients during career counselling or development sessions we often look at Work Related Values. Many people have never considered these values when choosing a career and this can cause stress. A value is something you value, something that is important to you. You may value your health and therefore eat healthy food or exercise daily.
Let me explain WRV a bit:
Identifying & clarifying personal values that are work related is an important part of a successful career plan. In this context, the word value refers to how you would feel about the work itself and the contribution it makes to society. A work related value means some part of your work that is important to you.
Most people who do work that is in harmony with their values feel satisfied and successful in their careers.
Work values can be divided into two functional categories.
1) Intrinsic values are those that relate to a specific interest in the activities of the work itself, or to the benefits that the work contributes to society.
2) Extrinsic values relate to the favourable conditions that accompany an occupational choice, such as where the job is located, inside or outside work, physical activity, earning potential, and other external features.
Most people, in order to feel truly satisfied with their work, must find some personal intrinsic value in it.
For instance; some people might enjoy working under pressure or working in situations where time pressure is prevalent. They may enjoy fast paced work environments (Work in circumstances where work must be done rapidly)
But for others this is very low on their list of values. They may have stability (Have a work routine and job duties that are largely predictable) high on their list of values. Or Precision (Work in situations where attention to detail and accuracy are very important)
Maybe you could visit a career counsellor and explore with them where you’re at in your current career and if there may be other options that would lower the stress and increase the satisfaction.
However, if you decide that you are in the right career, you may want to look at the specific areas that cause stress and your career counsellor can also assist with strategies to manage and/or minimise the stress.
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