Do you find that work stress invades the rest of your life, including your physical, mental, and emotional health, relationships, and overall quality of life?
If so, you’re certainly not alone.
A National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study found 40 percent of workers said their job was very or extremely stressful and 25 percent view their jobs as the main stressor in their lives, with the American Psychological Association finding that job stress tends to come from co-worker tension, assignment overload, and poor management.
According to the World Health Organization, stress occurs in a wide range of work circumstances but is often made worse when employees feel they have little support from supervisors and colleagues, as well as little control over work processes.
This type of ongoing, chronic stress can negatively affect your body and immune system, says the American Institute of Stress, and nearly 77 percent of survey respondents cite experiencing physical symptoms of stress.
It can also look like this:
If this is you, recovering from your current situation can feel insurmountable (in fact, you may very well benefit from contacting a qualified mental health professional in your area). However, small steps can still bring benefit over time.
Below are 10 simple strategies you can implement to begin separating your work life and home life, better allowing you to leave work stress where it belongs.
Spend an extra 10 minutes on these tasks to set yourself up for the following day:
Now it’s time to go home.
You’ve left work – that’s great! Now it’s time to focus on marking the transition home, and finding ways for this process to be more enjoyable. Consider some of the following options:
This is the time you’ve been waiting for — the chance to be with your family or other loved ones, or simply have your own personal time when work is not monopolizing your thoughts and energy. Implement these strategies to intentionally transition into your personal space.
Try out some of these for a week, and see if you notice a chance. Are you feeling or acting different?
If you’re looking for strategies to reduce work stress in the moment, check out “Finding Balance When Work Stress Has You Down.”