Work has not been the same since the pandemic shook the world. Habits and routines abruptly changed because of lockdown measures. Many who are forced to work at home are disoriented with their new environment. Adjusting to this “new normal” can be a struggle, so here are a few tips on how to fight work stress during the pandemic.
1. Pinpoint your common stressors and reflect on them
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Overcoming stress at work should start with knowing your triggers. Find out what catalyzes your feelings of burnout and fatigue. Determine what you like least about your responsibilities.
Knowing what bums you out is the first step in eliminating them. The second step is reflecting on your stressors and discovering their roots. Your triggers may be red flags of deeper mental health issues that you need to address properly.
2. Develop a daily routine
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People often feel lost at work because they are overwhelmed with what they need to do and have no idea how to do it. Breaking things down into smaller tasks and weaving them into a schedule can help.
Not only will you have a clearer picture of your tasks; having a daily routine is very beneficial to your health. Setting a schedule for work, leisure, and rest can significantly help your body adjust to the sudden changes in your lifestyle.
3. Discover healthy stress-relieving activities
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You may believe that your current stress-relieving activities are good for you. If this includes staying in bed all day, excessively drinking, and binge eating junk food, you’re probably making yourself feel worse.
Toxic habits might feel good while you’re doing it, but in the long run, you are destroying your health. Strive to find hobbies that enrich your body and soul like exercising, eating healthy food, and creating art. Taking care of yourself is a simple way to avoid burnout at work.
4. Take sanity breaks
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Sometimes all you need is to press pause. Even though you’re mostly at home, the sudden 180-degree turn of your life has your brain on overdrive. Amid mounting new responsibilities with no clear vision of the future, sometimes what you need is some peace of mind.
If you can, take a sanity break every day, and make sure it’s different from your sleep or nap time. Take purposeful pauses to reflect on your misgivings and even congratulate yourself for surviving the day. Try meditation or mindful journaling; these activities are proven to help decrease anxious and destructive thoughts.
5. Reach out to your superiors
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If healthy habits and self-reflection aren’t cutting it, it’s time you approach your superiors for help. Your higher-ups don’t exist to make sure you get the job done; it’s their responsibility to make you feel comfortable accomplishing your tasks.
Work overload is a massive factor in the mental health deterioration of workers. Making sure that you’re in a secure place, psychologically can help with your motivation and productivity. Reaching out to your superiors for help can address that.
You are not alone; most of the population are also struggling to make sense of this new world paradigm. Working during a pandemic is daunting, but surviving is what humans do best, no matter the situation.