I’m sure you know my ministry by now. I truly believe that at some point in their lives, people should have an opportunity to fully bet on themselves, without the restrictions of a traditional 9-5. Unfortunately, 99% of people have to work traditional 9-5’s to pay bills, take care of their families, and pay for the luxuries of life. Of course, you know that’s not your only option if you don’t want it to be, but for where you are right now, let’s talk about work stress.
When I was working my traditional teaching job, I was stressed out of my mind all the time. It felt like there was no way to relieve my stress and that my life was going to be like that unless I decided to do something different. So guess what I did, I decided to do something different, and I’m going to share those with you today! I’ve created a list of 7 steps to reduce your work stress, so you can leave your stress at the desk.
1. IDENTIFY YOUR STRESSOR
When your 9-5 gets too stressful, the first thing you want to do, is identify the stressor. What exactly is it at your job that stresses you out about it? Is it your boss coworkers, projects, deadlines, etc.?
Whatever it is, make sure you take time to truly identify and pinpoint the stressor so you can tackle it and adjust your day, to eliminate it as soon as possible.
Make a list of the things you don’t like about your job that directly impacts your quality of life, because everything else can wait.
2. NO MORE WORKING OT
You aren’t required to work overtime, so don’t do it. This is especially true, if you’re paid on salary. Why? Because you won’t get paid for it anyway.
Overtime will take you away from the things you’d much rather be doing. Set boundaries so you can easily identify if someone is violating them.
The goal is to manage your time accordingly. Everything won’t get done, and it’s okay. As long as you can pocket your time in a way that allows you get the important stuff done first.
3. CREATE A SELF-CARE ROUTINE
At some point, you have to put yourself first. It’s absolutely necessary that you create a self-care routine.
As women, we typically tend to put everyone else’s needs ahead of our own. But at the end of the day, we’re no good to anyone unless we’re good to ourselves.
Determine the frequency that this routine takes place and what the routine consists of.
Self-care is not selfish, it’s necessary.
MAKE THIS A NON-NEGOTIABLE.
While you have this 9-5, you need to be able to perform and do your job, while keeping your sanity and preserving the quality of your life. You have to draw a hard line in the sand that protects you from overworking, stress, anxiety, and a lack of confidence from doing anything else outside of working for someone else.
I don’t care what’s going on, you have to put yourself and your health first at all times. For more tips on how to reduce work stress, get the complete guide right here.
Until next time! Make it a great week!