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Manage 3 big sources of stress

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Most of us experience some stress from time to time. However, when stress is constant, it hurts your productivity and mental and emotional health. Take a proactive approach to minimize your stress at work, starting with these three big culprits:

Overwhelming workload. If you feel like you’ll never catch up, it’s time to have a sit down with your boss. Explain how overwhelmed you are, ask for help reprioritizing your work, and find out what, if anything, your supervisor can do to alleviate your stress. If nothing can be done, and your workload is expected to remain the same in the foreseeable future, it may be time to look for a new job.

Office politics. They’re at play in every organization, and unfortunately, you can’t do much about it. What you can do is decide how you are going to react to what you perceive as office politics. Going to battle every time you feel something is wrong will only leave you angry. Pick your battles wisely, and let the rest go.

Concerns over job security. Worrying about whether you are on the verge of termination kills your motivation. If you have concerns, talk to your boss. Hopefully, you receive some reassurance that your job is safe. If your boss can’t tell you much—or shares bad news—ask what you can do, if anything, to protect your job. Worst case, at least you are prepared for what’s to come.

— Adapted from “How to Handle the Most Stressful Parts of Your Job,” Vicki Salemi, U.S. News & World Report, https://money.usnews.com.

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