In today’s world, employees are expected to do a lot more with their time. This is the number one reason and a major stress factor at work. Many other stresses at work stem from worries about level of performance, pressure to do well and issues with co-workers or disagreements with the boss.

The unhealthy nature of your job affecting your mental health is so much so that unemployed people fare better, whereas people in a stressful job – which can be defined by wage demands, job insecurity and heavy workload, had the same or worse stress levels than those who were unemployed.

We have pulled together 6 ways in which you could try to take on board to empower yourself and change your feelings towards your current career and job situation.

1 – Put Yourself First

The main issue with stress at work can make people sick both mentally and physically. Stress will in return mean more sick days which will then put more stress on your working days to catchup with work to achieve standards. Reducing this is what you should be doing to help out your stress firstly.

2 – Change Your Mindset

Having a different mindset is a direction you should look to go down – you need to work on creating the perfect place to work, not the perfect employer or salary. So it isn’t what actually happens at work but how we perceive events that matters.

If at work you are given negative reactions, such as sadness or frustration, you need to try and spin this on it’s head to view it as a positive such as criticism from the boss. When many receive criticism from management, people tend to beat themselves up – the goal you should aim for is to take a deep breath, not make a knee jerk reaction, identify new options and try to come back again with a new and better option.

3 – Fix Any Concerns At Hand

It may be hard to pinpoint the source of your stress and how to resolve it. For example, if your stress is stemming from a project, consider who might be able to offer help to complete any outstanding tasks. The key to this nipping a concern in the bud, is to take a problem-solving approach and try to fix anything which is within your power.

4 – Be Grateful

Being grateful everyday and offering gratitude is something which we should think about doing daily. From simple thank you’s to repaying somebody back with their morning coffee. Every time something good happens at work, write it down. At the end of the day, you might be surprised how often good stuff actually happens.

5 – Be In With The Right Crowd

As in life, you want to represent yourself and be around people who make you happy. Within many workplaces many people who are stressed share their stresses and complain a lot. Instead of hanging out with these people, choose to hang out with people who are supportive, relaxed and fun to be with who can switch of at times. A great group of co-workers also can help with a heavy workload or just provide moral support.

6 – Try To Remember What You Love About Your Job

Being stressed is not the ideal situation to be in, you need to stop and ask yourself “What is good about my job? What do I enjoy doing in my role? How can I make a difference or changes?”.  Most people are more satisfied if they have a job that they see as meaningful and gives them the chance to use a lot of their skills that they value. This is especially true if an individual uses their skills for an entire project, such as orchestrating a project rather than doing one small part of the role.