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Overcoming Work Stress Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

With COVID-19 pandemic in the picture, all stressors have intensified and became too overwhelming and more difficult to handle.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

Work stress has long been existing even before the pandemic. Coming from the long work hours, tight deadlines, heavy workload, etc. that cause us to be drained of our energy as we reach our homes. But with the COVID-19 pandemic in the picture, all these stressors have intensified and became too overwhelming and more difficult to handle. The changes an employee had to undergo due to the pandemic situation plus the fear and anxiety about this new disease have just added to the burden. Each of these can lead to mental exhaustion and a lack of peace of mind. While it might feel like you are drowning in the pool of stress, there are some things that you can consider to help you rise above the stress.

Recognizing Your Stress Symptoms

Firstly, for you to have a grasp of the stress and find out what you can do about it, you have to recognize the symptoms you are experiencing.

It might be helpful for you to list down all the aspects of your work that add up to your stress this pandemic. Getting a pen and paper to write them down may help you visually identify and sort the work-related factors that trigger you to feel pressured.

Realize That Some Things Are Out of Anyone’s Control

Just like you, nobody saw the pandemic coming and has prepared for it. Acknowledge that you do not have control over some things, and all it best to just accept it as it is and find a way to cope with it with the resources available to you. Stressing about things that you know you do not have control over will only lead you to mental exhaustion and leave you frustrated because they are left unresolved.

Communicate With Your Colleagues

It might make you feel better to discuss your job stress with your co-workers and office friends as most likely, they are experiencing the same thing. Talking it out with them at the office or via video conference call can help ease your burden. You get to vent to them, and you also get to know their struggles as well and maybe come up with realizations and ways to get you out of the stressful situation in a way.

Take A Break

While it is important to know the latest updates about COVID-19, too much of it can leave you upset and mentally exhausted. You have to take breaks from reading, watching, or listening to news stories, including social media.

Manage Your Workload

While it is good to keep yourself distracted is a good way to battle fears and anxieties caused by the COVID-19, overworking is not a good idea, especially for those working from home. A sustainable work-life balance becomes more important these days. If you are working from home, you have a flexible schedule to take breaks and do more of what you enjoy. Remember to control your workload and avoid taking too many tasks than necessary, which could lead you to extend work hours and additional responsibilities.

Develop A Consistent Daily Routine

This can increase your sense of control with how each day should go. Start and finish your work on time. Find time to do things that you enjoy or have not done because work has taken too much of your time. Sleep and get-up at the same time daily.

Exercise Regularly

Physical exercise does not only keep you in shape, but it can also help relieve tension and relax your mind. You can go for a walk (but mind social distancing) around the block everyday. There are plenty of workouts and routines that you can check online, which can be great for your physical and mental health.

Get Psychological Support

While the COVID-19 pandemic coping mechanism varies from person to person, it is advised to seek professional help, especially about mental health. Find out how you can access mental health resources in your workplace. The changes brought about by the pandemic has caused depression and anxieties to many. While talking to friends and colleagues may be a great help, a doctor or counselor is more credible in discussing mental health issues and how to deal with it. Don’t hesitate to seek support, especially if you feel like you need it.

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