Work is a four letter word, so I’ve noticed.
Recently, I have been in a position where I am changing jobs because Job A is increasing in work while decreasing in hours (the union took the lesser of two evils presented to them) and Job B, while a paycut, means less stress and the option to build my private practice. I haven’t been accepted into Job B, but it is pretty much a done deal at this point.
So, as you can imagine, even we therapists experience job stress.
I think that I have found that my “Big Three” mentioned in an earlier post is helpful here, too. The “Big Three” is basically monitoring sleep, social activity, and thought content. The way I manage my stress is I have been focusing on eating right, sleeping right, talking with my close friends about my job stress, and actively choosing to look at the bright side of this stress–I am trying to get into a better job, after all!–instead of giving in to constant worry.
So, advice from the pro in these hard times: take care of yourself physically, talk to your friends about your job stress (who knows, maybe they know of a better job for you!), and find the good, whatever it is, in your situation. Finally, have faith and remember that when you are on your deathbed, you won’t want to be the one saying that you wished you had worried more about work throughout your life.
How do you positively deal with stress?