4 Steps to Reduce Your Career Stress

Stressed about your career? Julie Morris is sharing an article about career stress with us. If you’re not totally happy with your career this is great guide to help you reduce stress and enjoy it just a little bit more.

4 Steps to Reduce Your Career Stress

4 Steps to Reduce Your Career Stress

4 Ways To Reduce Career Stress

Are you stressed out over work and can’t understand why success seems to elude you? Have you lost touch with the goals and dreams you had at the beginning of your career? While job satisfaction in the U.S. is on the rise, research shows that nearly 50 percent of Americans are still not satisfied with their jobs.

If this is you, now is the time to get unstuck. These four tips will help you recoup your passion for work and help you reduce job stress.

#1: Reframe Your Failures

One of the reasons we can get stuck in our professional lives is that we tend to dwell on our failures. That review that didn’t go so well, the big “mess up” we recommended, a lost client: We believe these errors in judgment mean we are worthless.

But often, we are the ones most focused on those failures. Some of us can still recall embarrassing moments from high school or a professor who scolded us in college. The truth is that failure is necessary. According to Success.com, “How you choose to interpret your failures will either move you forward in life or hold you back. Every failure can be turned into a stepping-stone to success. Every mistake is a lesson in what not to do.”

Successful people don’t avoid failure. Instead, they look at it as a learning opportunity. In fact, the only real failure is to give up. Learn more advice on reframing your failures at Fast Company.

#2: Reduce Your Stress 

No matter how much you love your career, there will be periods of stress as well as necessary tasks you’d rather not do. (Expense reports, anyone?) However, you can always make good choices to keep your mental well-being on point and adopt a lifestyle that reduces stress and anxiety. Here are some changes you should try:

  • Proper Sleep
    All adults need at least seven hours of sleep per night.  According to the APA, not meeting this goal can produce irritability, a sense of overwhelm and a lack of motivation. Make this goal a priority.

  • Meditation and Yoga
    Both of these techniques can reduce stress, anxiety and depression. If you are looking for an exercise program, yoga is a perfect choice for both physical and mental health. Read more at Do Yoga With Me.

  • Deep Breathing Techniques

Deep breathing is an easy solution that anyone can learn. You can even use it in the midst of a high-stress situation. See this tutorial from Psych Central. 

  • Hiring Help

Outsourcing at-home chores can free up time and lower stress. Hiring professionals to clean your home, mow your lawn, or walk your dog are all options.

#3: Seek Career Guidance

Another great way to get unstuck is by choosing a mentor or a career coach. These people can help you move into a clearer vision for your professional future. 

Note that there is a difference between coaches and mentor. A career coach will charge a fee and give you general guidance, including helping you select or change careers. A mentor is more of a volunteer position and specific to an industry or employer. Learn more at Entrepreneur.com.

#4: Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Setting goals can help your professional life but only if they are clearly defined. You want to set goals that are S.M.A.R.T.:

  • Specific: “Move up the ladder” is not a specific career goal because it is too vague. What does it look like to move up the ladder? What specific actions do you need to take?

  • Measurable: This means you can track your progress. For example, if you decide to get your MBA, each course you successfully complete is a milestone towards your objective.

  • Attainable: Do you have the time, the money, and the resources to do achieve this goal? If not, you may need to scale it back.

  • Relevant: This goal should set the groundwork for your ultimate career objective.

  • Time-Bound: Give yourself a deadline date to achieve each goal.

Read this detailed article from The Balance for everything you need to know about goal setting. 

These four tips can help you get unstuck in your career and relieve the day-to-day stress of mundane work. Try all of them to get back on track!

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