The COVID-19 pandemic has been very tough on workers, whether you have been working remotely or going to the office every day. The relationship between work and stress has long endured, but stress rates have climbed over the course of the pandemic. From fear about the disease to workplace stress, it is a recipe for burnout and poor results on the job. How can you cope with work and stress during COVID-19?
Are You Feeling Stressed?
Before you can work on balancing work and stress, it’s important to recognize what you are dealing with. Some of the signs that you are experiencing high levels of stress include:
- A lack of motivation
- Feeling more irritated or angry than usual
- Feeling depressed or sad
- Trouble sleeping
- Feeling anxious or uncertain
- Feeling burnt out or overwhelmed
- Trouble concentrating
A lot of these symptoms have flourished due to the unique circumstances surrounding work and stress during the pandemic. Needing to take care of at-home schooling for a child while working on your own workload, for example, can dramatically increase stress levels over time. Uncertainty about your job, work schedule and managing new technology can all also make you feel more stressed out.
How to Manage Work and Stress
- Communicate with your supervisors and coworkers about the best way to manage work and stress so that everyone can thrive even during difficult times. It’s also important to understand any available mental health resources that are provided to you through your workplace.
- Control as much as you can. Keeping a schedule is one way that you can feel like you are in control, so focus on exercising each day, keeping a regular sleep schedule, ending work around the same time every day and spending time with your loved ones safely.
- Do as much as possible to control your exposure to COVID-19. By staying healthy and doing your part, you can help to limit the damaging impact of work and stress during this period. Your actions do matter, even if it might not seem that way.
- While it’s good to have access to some information, many of us can rapidly slide into information overload. Practice taking a break from reading the news or checking social media for a few hours or days at a time. If anything really important happens, you will hear about it elsewhere. In the meantime, you can get a break.
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