Stress is a strange thing.

I find it eternally frustrating that you can be stressed without even realising it.
Until that is, some small thing pushes you over the edge and you find yourself dealing with severe and obvious symptoms.

All in all, I really enjoy my job.
I work in an unusually comfortable environment, I’m good at what I do, I have flexible working hours and I enjoy the company of my workmates. Yet, stress is still an issue for me. I can find it difficult to sleep, I find myself in an inexplicably foul mood, I become unmotivated and drained.

These are small and comparably insignificant issues when weighed against the common problems generated by stereotypically ‘stressful occupations’. I have friends and family who have serious problems with stress that can lead to time off work, changes in occupation and conditions which can only be treated with counselling and sometimes even prescribed drugs.

Here’s a few things that I try:
I have a number of hobbies that help to control my stress which vary from the geeky to the exhausting. I married someone who is awesome at helping me relax. I have a great book which helps a whole lot. I try to holiday whenever I can.

What can employers do to ease workplace stress?
What can you do to deal with the amount of stress you are under, or to reduce it?

2 Replies to “Heavier”

  1. I totally get what you’re talking about in this post! My job is very similar to the way you’ve described yours here… how do I cope? um… I’ll get back to you?

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