You ever have one of those days? What happens when it turns into weeks and months?
Venting is a coping mechanism that we've all used at some point to help deal with occupational stress.
Maybe your boss has been extra tough on you lately. Maybe the office gossip has thrown a target on your back. Maybe the workload is just more than any one person can possibly handle.
Or maybe you just hate your job and you're tired of doing it.
So what do we do? How do we prevent occupational stress? How do we properly manage it when we can't prevent it?
The Dangers of Occupational Stress
Being overly stressed in the workplace has been linked to a host of physical and mental problems.
What begins as something small like a headache or irritability can turn into trouble sleeping and substance abuse. This kind of trouble in the workplace is not just toxic, but contagious, and has a snowballing effect.
An estimated 2/3 people deal with stress that comes from their career.
While your employer may have an interest in helping you to maintain a work-life balance, don't just leave it up to them.
If you need more sleep, get a gadget to come to your rescue. As great as meditation is, it isn't always enough to get the job done. We all need our toys.
Avoiding and Coping
How does occupational stress happen?
Causes range from being bored to being overloaded, from having a low salary to making a great salary with equally high performance expectations.
If your career has you on either end of the pay or workload spectrum, chances are that you're stressed out about it.
Without a healthy response to this stress, tension will build up in the body. You'll start holding your breath without realizing it. These small responses will eventually get worse.
This is why the typical professional response to having a stressful job is a combination of three things: Exercise, meditation, and massage.
While this trifecta may not be ideal for everyone, it's usually the best place to start.
The reason for this is that all three help the body to naturally release endorphins, the human body's natural pain killers. Other benefits of physical activity include relief from stress and muscle tension and higher quality sleep.
Control What You Can
One major factor in occupational stress is the lack of control. In all reality, we aren't in control of a whole lot, but it's that feeling of having some say-so in our own lives which can help cope.
So what should you do about it?
First, make a list of everything that stresses you out. Then, break it up into two columns. Things you can control, and things you can't.
It may seem silly and easier said than done, but think of it like this:
Your stress is a bench press. Every weight removed makes it that much easier to do more reps. Just imagine how much easier it will be to manage once there's nothing left but the bar.
Use both products and mental strength to overcome the stress of your workplace.