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It is no secret that work-related stress and anxiety are epidemics that are sweeping the United States and other Westernized countries. However, until recently, very little has been done to combat their effects on employees and executives alike. Perhaps this is because employees have resisted the urge to divulge their feelings for fear of being viewed as a weak worker — or worse, for fear of losing their jobs.

Regardless, as this issue has been brought more and more into the light, companies around the globe are enacting policies and programs to ensure their employees’ well-being is put before the work on their plates.

With that in mind, let us take a deeper look at the ways many employers are encouraging their employees to manage their stress:

Separate yourself from your stressor

Granted, it is difficult to separate yourself from stressful tasks and situations while you are in your workplace — however, you can do yourself a tremendous favor by recognizing and leaving the stresses of work precisely where they belong: at work.

Do not take your work home with you, nor let any stressors trouble you throughout the evening. This will ensure you are taking advantage of your time at home and are truly unwinding at the end of the day — something that is absolutely necessary if you want to go to work feeling refreshed, alert, and ready to overcome any obstacles the next day.

Identify and cease unhealthy coping mechanisms

As you begin to recognize your stressors, it is imperative that you identify and categorize the ways in which you respond to them. Are your coping mechanisms mostly healthy or unhealthy? Productive or unproductive?

If you find that your means of managing stress are mostly unhealthy and unproductive, it is time you make a conscious effort to cease and replace those initial responses. Be sure to go through this process with a trusted friend, relative, or mental health provider, as they will provide you with the accountability you need in this time.

Adapt and accept

In some cases, you will not be able to alter the situation to your liking — or even to make coping more bearable. Therefore, you must take a step back and attempt to adjust your mindset enough to adapt to your stressors. Additionally, you must learn the importance of accepting what you cannot change.

Sometimes, releasing your desire for total control can be the most helpful and refreshing method of managing stress — so attempt to take this step as often as you can.