Yoga Journal May 2013_featured

Your Biggest Stress and How to Manage It

Yoga Journal magazinIt’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed by a job, but Yoga Journal suggests using these five tips to manage stress and even get a renewed sense of satisfaction out of your work.

Feeling the pressure from your job? You’re not alone, as a recent study cited by Real Simple magazine deemed it the No. 1 stressor.

Of course, money is closely tied to said job—or lack thereof—and took a close second the survey conducted by UK nonprofit Mind. In it, the numbers showed work at 34 percent edging out money at 30 percent as the top source of anxiety among the 2,000 surveyed.

With work being deemed the biggest cause of stress and with April being National Stress Awareness Month, the article titled “How Yoga Can Help You Love Your Job” in the May issue of Yoga Journal magazine arrived right on time.

Much like the foundation of the practice of yoga, the advice on how to love your job is largely mental and involves a healthy dose of attitude change or re-focus.

By adopting these five shifts in thinking or approach, the Yoga Journal article suggests a new level of job satisfaction—regardless of the importance of the position you hold—can be reached.

1. Do work that suits you. Sure it sounds simplistic, but this is probably the most fundamental step to job satisfaction. Just think, an introvert is likely not going to enjoy anything involving sales or public speaking, and a creative type won’t care for crunching numbers all day.

2. Practice skill in action. That means dedicating yourself fully and completely to the task at hand. By paying such close attention to your work, you overcome distraction and are able to do the absolute best that you can.

3. Don’t worry about the results. It may seem ironic, but if you approach work as doing it for its own sake rather than placing too much on the outcome, you remove your ego from the situation. In that way, if or when something fails, you will feel less like a victim.

4. Approach your work as a service. Even if you aren’t on the front line providing a service to others, you can take on the responsibility of helping to improve your company, your department or even your co-workers in whatever large or small ways you can.

5. Make your work an offering. That is to say you should release your best work with the hope that it takes on a larger collective significance in making the world a better place. By contributing to something bigger, it makes you and your tasks feel more meaningful.