2020 has been the most stressful year many of us have ever faced. Stress occurs when we feel things are out of our control, and this year we have suddenly been faced with a massive load of external factors that we cannot control at the office, at home, and in our communities.
For those still working during this pandemic, stress can build up and make it feel impossible to get anything done. Common causes of stress at the office are excessive workloads, lack of opportunity to grow in one’s career, low salaries, distractions, unclear expectations, and fear of being disciplined, fired, or let go. Many of these stressors have been exacerbated by the pandemic’s effect on business.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to reduce stress at work. The goal is to change what you can, and accept the things which you cannot change.
A major cause of stress can be the feeling that there are too many things to do at once and never being able to really focus on any of them.
Stress often arises when our boundaries are being crossed, which may be happening without us realizing it.
We know this is easier said than done, but if you start by changing small habits and try to do them each day, eventually they will become second nature.
Working straight through the day will wear you down and reduce productivity in the end. You need to recharge yourself to stay focused and calm.
Your subjective view of your situation has a huge impact on how you feel in that space. If you view it as a negative or stressful place, shifting your perspective can make a big difference.
Even if you have done all of these things, keep in mind that stressful external circumstances will still arise! Once you’ve adjusted your environment and your own habits, the rest is out of your control, and when things are not ideal, you simply must accept the reality.
You will be surprised how much comfort this can produce. Once the things you can control are under control, the rest won’t feel like a problem at all. You will be able to show up, meet yourself where you are at that day, be honest with those around you about your needs, execute what you can, and let the rest go.
If there’s anything we can do to reduce your work stress, get in touch with us! For example, if you sign up for a virtual office, we will process your mail for you, taking that task off your hands. If you cannot afford to rent an office, the virtual office allows you to have a business address away from home that you can use for kvk registration. If you are not able to focus at home, you can make use of one of our flexdesks / coworking spaces.
We hope you stay safe and stress-free this year and beyond!