No matter how much you enjoy and are passionate about your job, there will be days when you feel like you’re drowning in work, or the pressure takes away all the joy of your day.
Work and stress seem to go hand-in-hand for most professions, even if you get to work from home. It may start with a bit of eye strain from too much time spent in front of the computer, or shoulder pain, which could even lead to a more severe condition. Being stressed at work seems to be inevitable, but you can try different methods to ease the pressure.
There are many things you can do to help relieve stress. Many opt for having delicious meals after work, enjoy a drink or two while spending time with family and friends, and some prefer having a day off to reset things.
I like to keep a gratitude journal; this is a good way to lighten the heavy feeling brought by work stress and really put things in perspective. When you practice gratitude regularly you get a chance to take a look at the things that make you feel happy, thankful, and light. Writing about fun and happy things will instantly lift your mood.
If writing is not your thing, you can start by reading through these inspirational quotes for work stress; this might be a simple step, but it can help alleviate the stress you are feeling.
You can’t do it all, so set your priority
Many times we feel stressed because we are unable to reach our expected results. Along with listing our goals, we have already imagined our desired outcome. Hence, stress and heartbreak when things don’t go as planned.
Why not try listing goals and realistic expectations; this means working on things according to their priority. Don’t be a yes-man and agree to all tasks, especially when you know you are unable to accomplish them all.
“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”—Bruce Lee
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”—Stephen Covey
“You can do anything but not everything.”—Kathy Freston
“Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.”—Brian Tracy
“Believing that you must do something to perfection is a recipe for stress, and you’ll associate that stress with the task and thus condition yourself to avoid it.”—Steve Pavlina
“Mindfulness creates centered awareness. When you do one thing at a time, you’re guaranteed excellent results. If you do too many things simultaneously, it messes up your neural circuits. Focus on one thing at a time.”—Deepak Chopra
“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”—Lou Holtz
“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.”—John Newton
Don’t worry about the things you have no control over
One factor of getting stressed at work is how one worries just about anything. Although it is a difficult thing to do, it can be done. Things in life, and at work don’t always go as planned; and it is okay. Some things just develop naturally. If you know you’ve done your part, let nature run its course.
“If the problem can be solved, why worry? If the problem cannot be solved, worrying will do you no good.”—Buddha
“Remember that stress doesn’t come from what’s going on in your life. It comes from your thoughts about what’s going on in your life.”—Andrew Bernstein
“If you focus on success, you’ll have stress. But if you pursue excellence, success will be guaranteed.”–Deepak Chopra
“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”–Oprah Winfrey
“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You’re never in control anyway.”—Steve Maraboli
“You can’t always control what goes on outside, but you can always control what goes on inside.”—Wayne Dyer
“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.”–Lily Tomlin
“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.”—Ovid
“Stress is the trash of modern life-we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.”—Danzae Pace
“Don’t believe every worried thought you have. Worried thoughts are notoriously inaccurate.”—Renee Jain
“People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.”—George Bernard Shaw
Take things with a grain of salt
Many times, stress is accumulated worrying about the things that are already done. Keep in mind that nothing can be taken back; a mistake you’ve made is already a done did. Take it into consideration the next time you are in a similar situation, a learning experience, and try to take it lightly. Think about how you’ll see this situation in the future, perhaps you’d even get a laugh about it.
“Stress is dessert spelled backward.”—Loretta Laroche
“There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.”—Henry Kissinger
“Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.”—Robert Orben
“If stress burned calories, I’d be a supermodel.”—Unknown
“If each day is a gift, I’d like to know where I can return Mondays.”—John Wagner
“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”—David Mamet
Stress doesn’t go away in an instant. It needs constant attention and intention to lessen its grip, and eventually disappear. These stress-relieving quotes just prove how almost everyone experiences it. Nevertheless, it can be kept under control. Hopefully, these quotes somehow eased the burden brought by stress from work. Work is needed to survive, but make sure that you don’t put your physical, mental, and emotional health at stake.
Is your workload getting a bit overwhelming? Take this stress assessment test to give you an idea of how stressed you are, and take the necessary steps to lessen and ease your burden.