It doesn’t matter where you work. There comes a time in everyone’s life where you feel like the pressure is becoming too much. The problem with our modern-working lives is that we don’t recognise this pressure as a real issue until it’s too late.
We take it all in and try our best to perform better and better every day, but this doesn’t always solve the problem. In fact, this issue is so common that 526,000 workers were suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety in the year 2016/2017.
Going to work shouldn’t be something that compromises our mental health. Going to work should be an experience that helps us earn money, learn new skills, and get new experiences. Essentially, it should be something you can find even a small amount of pleasure in doing. But people wake up every day, dreading going to work because of the pressure they are under from demanding employers, and often, the pressure they put on themselves to just be better.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO DEAL WITH PRESSURE AT WORK?
The first step in being able to cope with pressure at work is being able to separate your home life from your work life. For a lot of people, finding that perfect balance between time spent at work and time spent nurturing yourself seems like an impossible goal. In our rush to get everything, we need to do for others done, before we focus on ourselves can lead to stress, which can increase your chances of other health issues like heart attacks and high blood pressure.
Maintaining a better work-life balance will give you the time you need to relax, unwind, and get your head straight between shifts. You’ll be surprised how beneficial having time to yourself is for your mental health. It means you can put everything into perspective and engage in some much-needed self-care. Or, you could even seek help to deal with the pressure at work. To maintain a better work-life balance, practice being efficient with your time at work. Set manageable goals each day, and give yourself a break once in a while.
If you are struggling with pressure at work, know that Civil Service College is here to help you get back to where you want to be. Our new course ‘Dealing With Pressure’ addresses how to deal with pressure providing you with the knowledge you need to relieve the weight and keep it off.