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Stress About Work…and Not Working

How many can actually admit that you have been guilty of taking your work stress home with you?  I can be honest and say in the past, I have.  And speaking from experience, it can create a very unhappy home.   But many workers today are facing a new challenge.

An article published in the Chicago Tribune, written by Cynthia Hanson, explains that unlike in the past when a main stressor from work was the workload, many of today’s employees have a greater fear of losing their jobs.  Working as a Recruiter, this has been a fear that I have both discussed with job applicants, and also eased them up with placing them into a more stable position/company.  It is unfortunate that this fear can be somewhat unavoidable given the unemployment numbers, and how hard it has become to obtain a new position for someone who is unemployed.  It is however a fear that can be managed with the right frame of mind, and also some tips to get you through.  Here’s what you can do:

It is no surprise that the more your stress at work is discussed at home the more stress it will bring you, and the more likely the ones you love may want to avoid having a conversation with you.  As a simple rule of thumb, as much as you may want to “vent” your stress at work, and possibly even receive a sense of sympathy for what you are going through, it is important to keep your talk about work limited while are you are home.  If you feel the need to absolutely talk about it, try to keep the conversation short, and only cover key points that will make you feel better to discuss.  Or, if possible, keep the conversations about work out of your home life altogether, which of course depending on the issue, might be difficult – but at least give it a try!

Take some time out for YOU – if you get into your car in the morning heading into work, and are already feeling the stress that the day will bring, take a few minutes and try some relaxing breathing.   Or, you could even try to listen to some soft music on your way to work as a way to relax you, if that is an option for you.  Further, once you leave work, and get into your car for the drive home, maybe take some time to do something that will make you feel good.  Stop at a bookstore and purchase a book to read, stop and pick up your favorite food to make for dinner, or maybe even take a run at a local gym if possible.

Generally speaking, gaining control over your own thoughts is the best thing you can do, although might be the most difficult.  Try to look at the positive in your fear – you do have a job, even-though you may think that it won’t last much longer, you may be wrong.  If you do lose your job, let’s face it, it’s not the end of the world; sure, we don’t “want” to receive unemployment benefits, however, they are there for a reason, and if you happen to need them, they will be there for you when you are in need.  Having a more positive outlook on your workday will help you both at home and personally.

What do you do to reduce anxieties about job loss?  Should employers be minimizing these fears?  Share some insights or stories here in the comments sections below.

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