Fear, anxiety, and strong emotions have emerged as a result of the coronavirus pandemic which may be overwhelming and lead to workplace stress. How you cope with these emotions and stress can affect your well-being, those you care about, and your co-workers.
During this pandemic, and beyond, it is critical that workers recognize what stress looks like and take the steps necessary to build resilience and manage anxiety on the job.
It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during and after a disaster or traumatic disruption of your daily life, like the coronavirus pandemic. Everyone reacts differently, and even your own feelings may change over time. Notice and accept how you feel.
Taking care of your emotional health during a difficult time will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and those you care about.
Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.
Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. It’s important to recognize that everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.
Common symptoms of stress:
Common work-related factors that can add to stress during any time of unknown certainty, like a pandemic:
Know where to find and understand the hazard reporting procedure for your organization and report any safety and health concerns.
At any time, if stressful feelings result in symptoms like fatigue or difficulty concentrating that interfere in your ability to do your job safely, make sure you talk to management so you can work together to come up with solutions that will maintain a safe working environment.
Increase your sense of control by developing a consistent daily routine and follow these tips to build resilience and manage job stress:
Remind yourself that everyone is in an unusual situation with limited resources and we all play a crucial role in fighting this pandemic.
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