There is no doubt that one of the leading causes of stress is linked to your job. It is a sad fact that the majority of people are not happy with their job. They see it as a means to an end, a method of paying the bills. While this may provide you with a great lifestyle there are plenty of disadvantages to working at a job you hate.
The rates of depression and suicide among middle aged men is growing and this can be directly related to their jobs. Many men are the sole income earners for their family. They work hard for years and years to provide for their children, to put food on the table and a shelter over their heads.
Unfortunately most of these men are working at a job they dislike. They have become bored with doing the same thing over and over again. They may be sick and tired of long commutes and ever increasing traffic every day.
The problem with many men is that they do not show their true feelings or acknowledge that they are stressed out. Instead they just keep on going and going until they become physically and mentally worn out.
They suffer in silence and many do commit suicide as they have just had enough of living the same life day in and day out. This is something that you definitely do not want to have happen in your family.
The first signs that job stress is becoming too difficult to handle include suffering from headaches, muscle and body pain, nausea and not being able to sleep. It is important to learn how to deal with these symptoms before they get out of control.
If your stress is job related look for ways that you can deal with it. Is it possible to work from home one or two days a week. Are you at the point where you could retire early or take an extended leave of absence.
If the commute is too much is it possible to find a position closer to home? Does your company have other locations that you could transfer to? Sometimes a move along with new scenery is all that is needed to relieve the boredom and stress of your job.
Other alternatives include talking to your boss to see if there is another opening in the company that would suit your skills. As with any stressful situation asking for help is a good way to find solutions.
What If You Need To Stay In Your Current Situation?
Perhaps the timing is not right for a promotion, job transfer or career change. If so, you’ll need to cope with the circumstances.
Stress is as much a mental issue as a physical one and it is important to know how to soothe and clear your mind. Sometimes it can be difficult to let go of things when you get home at night. Or you find yourself dreaming about work or other stressful situations each night. These are all signs that you are dealing with too much stress. But how do you let go of those nagging thoughts?
Clearing and soothing your mind can be achieved by focusing on something that you really enjoy. Everyone has the ability to focus, some people are more adapt at maintaining their focus than others.
What you need is something that will distract you from these other, disturbing or unwanted thoughts that you are currently experiencing. Think back to a time when you were so engrossed in something that the time just flew by. This is the point where you want to be.
Getting to this point is easier than you might think. If you are having trouble allowing all that tension to leave your body, try meditating. Meditation can help to relax your body and your mind. If this still sounds foreign to you try using soothing music or sounds to help you relax.
It can also help to have a point or object to focus on. You can try lying on your bed and looking at a picture that holds a special meaning to you. Then put on your music and let the sound envelop you. Stay focused on your picture and don’t allow any other thoughts into your mind.
Sounds to listen to that can help you focus and relax include the sounds of ocean waves, the sounds of a waterfall or the sounds of birds chirping. All of these can help ease your mind and clear it.
Another great way to relax and get back in touch with your body is to go for a massage. A great massage can help relieve the tension in your muscles and will leave you feeling refreshed again.
Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace is a book we highly recommend for dealing with daily stress on the job, bringing inner peace to your work.
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