Do you find that work stress invades the rest of your life, including your physical, mental, and emotional health, relationships, and overall quality of life?
If so, you’re certainly not alone.
A National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study found 40 percent of workers said their job was very or extremely stressful and 25 percent view their jobs as the main stressor in their lives, with the American Psychological Association finding that job stress tends to come from co-worker tension, assignment overload, and poor management.
According to the World Health Organization, stress occurs in a wide range of work circumstances but is often made worse when employees feel they have little support from supervisors and colleagues, as well as little control over work processes.
This type of ongoing, chronic stress can negatively affect your body and immune system, says the American Institute of Stress, and nearly 77 percent of survey respondents cite experiencing physical symptoms of stress.
It can also look like this:
yelling at your kids
being short with your spouse
feeling beyond drained
feeling resentful once you’re home with your family, with “more chores to take care of”
not making time to spend with your friends or family because you just don’t have the energy
feeling like you’re just barely holding it together
dragging yourself from one task to another
your default state feeling irritable, frustrated, easily angered, scattered, and distracted
If this is you, recovering from your current situation can feel insurmountable (in fact, you may very well benefit from contacting a qualified mental health professional in your area). However, small steps can still bring benefit over time.
Below are 10 simple strategies you can implement to begin separating your work life and home life, better allowing you to leave work stress where it belongs.