04 Jan

4 January 2023

If 2020 has taught us anything, your health is too important to gamble with.

Stress at work is personal. Every work comes with a unique set of stresses. There can be pressing deadlines, an abundance of paperwork, or the occasional irate client or customer. Alternatively, meetings can go on for hours and throw everyone further behind schedule. All of it may lead to stress. In other words, stress isn’t solely brought on by the job. Stress is also caused by how an individual handles the expectations and pressures of each workplace.

Unsurprisingly, different people have various reactions to stress. Their response is influenced by their personality and the culture of their job. Your thinking might be affected by stress. Your ability to concentrate and use your imagination may be affected. Because stress impairs your ability to think clearly, it also raises your risk of making mistakes. Your emotions and behaviour might be impacted by ongoing stress. You can become irritable, impatient, less enthusiastic about your work, or even sad.

What can you do to get out of this situation and get your year off to a good start?

Check your reality – When under pressure, consider whether your thoughts contribute to your stress levels.

Do you think the worst-case scenario will happen? Is your job approval, reputation, or income likely impacted by the project or circumstance? Do you belong in this league? Or are the demands that must be met right away more of a challenge than an impending catastrophe?

Organize your time – workplace stress can be reduced using proper time and priority management.

Making a list of things to do, people to call, and emails to send is an excellent way to start each day. Sort the list into three categories: things you must do, things you want to accomplish, and things that can wait. Refrain from overwhelming yourself and add time for interruptions as well. Be reasonable and refrain from making promises that you cannot keep. Be as polite as possible if you need to turn down some extra work because of your tight schedule.

Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.

Stress may be decreased by eating a balanced diet full of whole foods, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Alcohol, sugar, and caffeine intake can all raise it.

Exercise lowers stress, according to numerous research. Most people respond better to aerobic exercise. Running, swimming, or brisk walking are examples of this. Simple stretches or yoga can also be beneficial. They contribute to a more relaxed, contemplative mood.

You can get perspective by discussing the problems that stress you out at work with a family member or friend outside of work. Together, look for answers and coping mechanisms. Get professional assistance if you have tried these self-help strategies but are still stressed. Consult a mental health professional with expertise in stress reduction.

Many workers’ physical and mental health has suffered over the previous two to three years due to Covid-19 and other issues. UASA urges its members and all employees to prioritize their physical and mental well-being at all costs.

Ref: www.freelancersunion.org                                                                      www.uasa.org.za

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