This week, we’re talking about stress… In particular, work stress.

In today’s world, we’re always going through changes, increased demands on our time, trying to stay focused, and keep up a work life balance… It can get exhausting, and stressful.

According to a recent survey, more than 40% of people say their jobs affect their overall health… That’s a lot of people!

We all get frustrated from time to time with work, but if you’re feeling negative or cynical when you walk through the office doors, before anything even happens, it might have boiled over for you.

The first step in reducing work stress is identifying what’s really causing it. Is it a boss you hate? Is it your workload or even the kinds of work you’re being asked to do?

You can’t truly fix it if you don’t know what’s causing it.

Take a good hard look at work-life balance too. Are you working 24/7? Do you check your email first thing when you wake up? Do you have to? Maybe it’s time to give yourself a break at home or on the weekends.

If you do decide your work situation is unmanageable, decide what your course of action is going to be.

If there’s a problem co-worker, document it. If your values don’t align with the company, start looking elsewhere. Decide what’s within your control, and realize sometimes, to control what you don’t like, you might need to change your circumstances all together.

And remember - your circumstances may not be ideal, but it’s how you choose to respond to them that affects your attitude.