Self Care

How to Handle Extreme Work Pressure

It’s very rare that people get to find jobs that fit their passion, pay well, and have a nice working environment. For the rest of us, it’s always a compromise that involves either giving up your dream in favor of a job that can keep you financially secure for the rest of your life, struggling to make ends meet but doing what you love, or working in an environment with co-workers you would never consider your friend. Most of these jobs fall into one of these three categories and come with some amount of stress and even extreme work pressure.

But what if, one day, you suddenly feel that the stress has become even more pressured than before? Suddenly, you’re finishing less or with lower quality results than you’re used to. Sometimes, this is just one of your bad days. Or you can find yourself in a rut.

It’s easy for some people to pull themselves out of it; but for others, the feeling of extreme pressure at work is a sign that something has changed. Usually for the worst and need to address it in a different way.

Seek Psychiatric Health

Mental health has often been overlooked as a condition that can affect one’s productivity as there are no physical symptoms. It’s easy for management to chalk it up as their employees being lazy. But conditions like depression, anxiety, or ADD/ADHD can have serious effects on your productivity. And no matter how much you force yourself to work like you always do, your mental turmoil isn’t really helping. The effects of stress on the mind and body are serious as in this day and age the fast pace of life can trigger our bodies natural fight or flight response to remain on and active. 

If you find that you can no longer concentrate, your memory is failing you, or you struggle to make major decisions at work, this may be a sign of depression and anxiety. A Psychiatrist from psychiatristpleasantonsanramonca.com lists the different signs of depression, including:

  • Sense of guilt, worthlessness, and emptiness
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Drastic weight change
  • Difficulty in sleeping or enjoying your usual hobbies
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

There’s nothing wrong with being sad because you were reprimanded at work or you didn’t reach your personal quota. But when that feeling of sadness occurs even without a trigger and it’s affecting the way you operate at work, then you may need to seek psychiatric treatment to help you overcome your mental condition.

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Decide If It’s Time for a Change of Jobs

Maybe what you’re feeling isn’t really extreme pressure, but rather the restlessness of being in your office and doing the same tasks repeatedly. Some people may be happy with one job for the rest of their lives. But some consider career growth and opportunities more important than salary appraisals.

If that’s the case there will come a point when you no longer feel accomplished. Especially if you’re in the same role with no added responsibilities. If this is the case, what you shouldn’t be looking for is a way to deal with pressure that doesn’t exist; but wondering if it’s time for a change of scenery because you’ve been doing this job for far too long without getting adequate growth.

Stick it Out

On average, millennials stay with their employers for around three to five years before looking for greener pastures. If you’ve been at your company for this amount of time and you haven’t received an appraisal or promotion then maybe it’s time to move on. It may be daunting to get back into the stressful job interview questions and hiring processes; but finding a better company with your new set of skills and experience can give you a competitive advantage you didn’t have before you found your current job.

I wouldn’t recommend leaving with a year or less under your belt. Plenty of recruiters are put off by potential job candidates whose resume lists a history of hopping from one company to another with less than a year of experience with each job. They’re more likely to hire older applicants with a steady job history than a younger candidate with a history of leaving. If you’re thinking about leaving less than a year in, consider biting the bullet and continuing the job long enough until someone comes to you with a better offer or until you have enough experience to leave.

Find a New Goal

If the feeling of pressure at work has nothing to do with your mental condition, you just may have hit the ceiling. Sometimes a goal is a goal and once you’ve reached it you can do no more. Stop stressing yourself out and affecting the quality of the work you’re already doing.

Keep up the great work or work on a new milestone. For your next goal, try to address different issues. For example, writers don’t have to write more articles for their next goal; but instead improve the quality of the articles they write. On the other hand, learn how to manage your client’s expectations and provide them with the best service or products.

If you suddenly feel extreme pressure doing the normal activities at work, there is a reason behind it. The best thing to do is to discuss it with your supervisor, a trusted co-worker, or your family. This will help you find out what the next best step for your career is.