Sander Wallis, a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, and the Director of New Business Development at Wallis Printing, used to find it difficult to stop work stress from returning home with him. He, like many other workers, would let the problems of work carry over into his personal life. This can jeopardize relationships and friendships, and makes it difficult to forget about work. Separation between work and personal life is necessary in order to succeed in both areas.
The first step to handling work stress is to allow others to help you. Building a support network of close friends and family, as well as letting your work know of your problems, can have a positive impact and mitigate the effects of stress in personal life. The support network of people will become invaluable as work stress increases, as you have people to talk to, who can share in your problems and help you find a solution. These people will also help you to take your mind off work as you spend time with the people you love.
For Sanders Wallis, finding other interests and hobbies which are unrelated to work was another effective technique for handling stress from work. He had always enjoyed watching sport, so he began to make plans with friends to watch sports games live as well as becoming interested in the stories of players in various leagues. His sports interest has now expanded and he has started playing some of the sports he watches, such as golf and basketball. Sports, as a relaxing hobby, helped him to take his mind off work and spend time with friends in a casual environment.
Separating work and home life is another important method of relieving work stress. Not checking work emails whilst at home, and designating set times to do things that are not related to work, is an easy way to ensure that you are not focused on your work at the wrong times. Having this level of separation also means staying away from personal sites such as Facebook while at work, and can be an effective tool in increasing productivity. Those who are able to entirely separate their work and home lives are able to enjoy the best of both worlds by fully investing in each area of life.
Sanders Wallis was able to relieve stress by utilizing the three techniques above. Firstly, he built a strong support network of those close to him, then found a hobby he was passionate about, and ensured that there was a clear demarcation between his work time and home time. This allowed him to relax more fully while at home and to work harder while at his job. He believes that by using these techniques to prevent work stress from taking over your life, you can become more mentally healthy and lead a happy, balanced life.