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Is your workplace culture causing unnecessary stress and mental strain?

Stress is a very real and very troubling part of many workplaces these days. If your values or preferred working environment don’t align with your company’s culture, it can lead to stress. Not to mention all the changes that have taken place over the past year and a half due to COVID-19. You’ve had to adjust to process changes for safety, possibly working from home all or part of the time, and only seeing coworkers through Zoom calls (or not at all). On top of that, the worry of getting sick has been weighing on everyone’s minds.

What can you do to cope?

Though you can’t change your company’s culture, you can take steps to help reduce any stress or anxiety you may be feeling. Just follow these tips from a leading provider of job openings in Nashville, TN:

  • Talk to your boss about how you feel. It’s possible he or she is unaware of your concerns and could help you. This could include adjusting your workload, moving projects or responsibilities around so you have more that fits within your skillset, or flexibility in workplace setting (either more at home or more in the office—whichever works best for you). Touching base and talking about any options you may have is a good starting point.
  • Practice gratitude. Sometimes we can lose sight of all the good things in our lives, and get hyper-focused on what is causing us stress. Start the day by writing down 3-5 things you’re thankful for. By shifting your focus on the good things in your life, you’ll be in a better headspace to handle things you find stressful.
  • Start the day on a positive note. When you wake up, start with one positive thought. You might say to yourself, “Today is going to be a great day.” You can also fit in your workout first thing in the morning. You’ll already feel like you’ve accomplished something, and your blood will be flowing, helping to wake you up for the day!
  • Take regular breaks. Skipping your breaks can add to mental exhaustion, which can add to stress. Instead, be sure to take all your breaks, and step away from your workspace. Get outside if you can. Let yourself breathe, clear your head and do something you enjoy. Eat a healthy lunch or snack. You may find you’ll return to work feeling much better.
  • Talk to your recruiter. It could be that your current job is just not a good fit for you, and that is OK. Talk to your recruiter about your options and another job opportunity that may work better for you.

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