Working in a charity or not-for-profit organisation can be stressful for a variety of reasons. Charged with vital roles in society such as educating children, delivering assistance to the needy or administering funds, we must answer to citizens, supervisors and our peers—all of whom might have different priorities and expectations. You may sometimes feel underappreciated by the public you serve or stressed by the many pressures you face. In any case, failing to address your stress can only worsen it. Don’t leave dealing with stress till it’s too late, you could end up with a very serious medical condition.
Look out for early symptoms of stress, and take steps to relieve them quickly. If you let them go unchecked, these symptoms can develop into more serious health complications such as heart problems, depression and anxiety. Be wary of the following stress symptoms:
- Short temper
- Upset stomach
- Sore back
- Job dissatisfaction
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increased errors
Dealing with Stress
Changing the way you work can help to relieve some sources of stress. Consider these tips:
- Begin with your most important or pressing tasks. Concentrate on other tasks only when you have finished.
- Make sure you are clear about the definition of your role and responsibilities. Ask your supervisor if you have any doubt.
- Stay organised. A clean office or an efficient daily planner can often give you more clarity.
- Anticipate possible disagreements with anyone you interact with and plan how you will calmly deal with them.
Focus on Your Personal Life
A successful employee is able to balance his or her work with a personal life.
- Make time for friends and family, as spending time with those you love will help you unwind.
- Live a healthy lifestyle. Exercise, eat well and sleep at least eight hours a night.
- Spend time on outside hobbies, interests or passions. This will help you detach from the work environment and reduce your stress.
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