How to Deal With Stress at Work
The Love, Happiness & Success Podcast with Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby
Music Credits: “Train,” by Starcrawler
Are you dealing with stress at work? Hey, in this era, who isn’t! Work can always be stressful, but in this particular life space many people are dealing with anxiety at work, dealing with burnout at work, and dealing with difficult situations at work that are simply next level.
Whether you’re trying to figure out how to stay productive when working at home; dealing with conflict at work (or favoritism); coping with anxiety about needing to go back to work in person; dealing with burnout because you’re understaffed and doing the job of three people; are in a leadership position and trying to figure out how to keep your employees happy; or are evaluating whether to leave your job and carve out a new career path… help is here.
In this episode, I’m sitting down with my dear colleague, Growing Self career coach Dr. Kristi to discuss her top tips for dealing with stress at work, how to deal with burnout, and more. Together, we’re exploring a variety of different career-related stressors you might be facing, and how to deal with all of them.
She shared so much helpful information during this episode around how to stay clear and empowered in a potentially disempowering situation, how to use mindfulness and self-care to manage stress on the job, how to communicate with your team in order to advocate for yourself, and how to make choices if you’d like to make changes to your working situation. (Whether that’s leaving a job, or working to create a better workplace environment in the position you have now.)
Dr. Kristi works with career coaching clients from all walks of life: leaders and business owners, as well as working professionals, and she has advice for you too. We’re talking about how to juggle work and life, how to set healthy boundaries, and how to stay sane whether you’re working from home or online. So much good stuff!
If you’re under a lot of stress, feeling stuck at work, and looking for a way to reclaim your zen, tune in to the full episode!
Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby
Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby is the founder and clinical director of Growing Self. She is a licensed psychologist, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a board-certified coach, as well as the author of “Exaholics: Breaking Your Addiction to Your Ex Love,” and the host of The Love, Happiness & Success Podcast.
Episode Highlights: Listen to How to Deal With Stress at Work to…
- Pick up strategies for coping with work-related stress
- Discover how to use your bargaining power and advocate for yourself in order to feel more empowered
- Learn how to deal with stress at work
- Understand the importance of self-care for better work-life balance
- Know how to manage your stress levels both at work and at home
- Avoid burnout at work
- Grasp how career coaching can help you navigate work-related concerns
Dealing With Stress at Work
The Stress of Working From Home
The pandemic has brought about many changes and challenges in our everyday lives. As a career coach, Dr. Kristi has noticed some trends with parents who have to balance working remotely and parenting simultaneously. She points out that you are not alone. Many struggled to navigate through everyday life due to the pandemic.
However, Dr. Kristi reminds us to look for silver linings in tough situations. She views these things as silver linings:
- More family time
- Taking stock of what’s important
- No time wasted on daily commutes
- Increased productivity at home
About a year and a half into this pandemic, Dr. Kristi shares that more parents have seen more meaning in working remotely because it has paved the way for better work-life balance and more family time.
Workplaces are slowly opening, but many people don’t want to go back to their offices. Dr. Kristi points out that this uncertain time has made people reflect on their priorities and lives.
Concerns About Work
Dr. Kristi shares some of the concerns of her clients:
- Not feeling safe about going back to the office
- Missing collaboration and teamwork in a physical working environment
She believes that it is essential to stand up for yourself and voice out your concerns to your employer or supervisor. She says, “reach out and do some creative problem-solving.”
If you have a leadership role in the company, listening to your employee’s concerns is crucial in making everyone feel safe and protected, especially during this pandemic. The more creative leaders get, the better everyone seems to do.
How to Cope With Feeling Unsafe at Work
With the virus going around, people are concerned about going back to work. They feel unsafe in places that don’t strictly enforce health and safety policies.
Dr. Kristi’s advice is to find a workplace that is supportive of your personal safety. If you don’t feel supported, advocate and reach out. If it’s still not working, find the best fit for you. Dr. Kristi reminds you to know the following:
- how valuable you are
- what you want
- what is acceptable to you
“You are not stuck. You have choices,” says Dr. Kristi. It can be a sign to assess your career path and explore growth opportunities. If your job isn’t valuing you, it may be time to make changes — or even leave. It helps to assess your work environment to determine what to do next. Don’t be afraid to advocate for your salary and negotiate! Understanding your worth is critical to getting what you need.
How to Help People Deal with Stress at Work
If you’re a leader, you have the responsibility to help your team stay afloat through these uncertain times. Part of the balancing act is to incorporate mindfulness and other stress management techniques. Remember, calmer people make a better workplace.
It can be as simple as starting a meeting with a five-minute meditation. “Doing just a little bit everyday can really help overall stress levels, so that you have more clarity, and you’re better able to handle all the unknowns,” says Dr. Kristi.
Dr. Kristi emphasizes the importance of doing something to keep your stress levels at bay.
Various tools and techniques can teach you how to deal with burnout at work. When it is hard to control what’s going on around us, it is helpful to focus on things we can control, which is ourselves.
How to Deal with Change at Work
While working from home is advantageous to some, it can also be a source of stress for others. This setup blurs the lines between work and personal life, especially for parents with small children.
Moreover, extroverts find the lack of social interaction challenging. Remote work also makes it hard for people with ADHD to stay organized and focused on their own.
There are several strategies you can employ to set yourself up for success. You can hire a part-time nanny to look after your child. It’s also helpful to schedule your day like you would at the office.
If you’re struggling with making it work alone, seek assistance from your supervisor. Doing so is understandably challenging for high-functioning people. But you have to remember, “strong is asking for help.”
How to Deal With Being Overloaded at Work
Because of COVID, more and more people have realized how short life is. Thus, they have become more empowered to leave their jobs and pursue their passions.
While that’s great for them, it can mean bad news for their co-workers. If you have to fill in for your team, remember to set your boundaries. Nobody can consistently work for 60 hours and not get burned out or sick.
Also, realize that you now have more bargaining power compared to the past. Find the best way to approach your supervisor and communicate your concerns.
Dealing with Burnout at Work through Self-Care
In these trying times, burnout prevention and recovery are very crucial. Increased stress levels can cause tension in relationships, affect your immune system, and make you more irritable. Now more than ever is where the importance of self-care comes in.
Dr. Kristi shares some ways to practice self-care:
- Get enough quality sleep
- Spend time outside or in nature
- Take five minutes to meditate, do deep breathing, stretching, or journaling
There is power in starting your day right through meditation: “You’re starting out your day from a place of being centered and calm.” It’s a way of training your brain to cope better during stressful situations.
Taking a moment to pause and collect yourself instead of pushing yourself to run on empty can help you become more productive.
Career Development Resources For You:
- How to Test Drive a New Career
- What to Do If You Hate Your Job
- Finding a Career You Love
- Three Essential Steps to Make Informed Career Decisions
- Request a consultation session with Dr. Kristi
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How to Deal With Stress at Work
The Love, Happiness & Success Podcast with Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby
Music Credits: “Train,” by Starcrawler
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