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Too much stress in the workplace can take a toll in your productivity and performance, and often times they can affect your health especially your physical and mental health. While some causes of stress are beyond your control, there are still ways by which you can manage and deal with your work stress before it takes over your life

Let your employer know about it

You deserve to be heard and it is your boss' interest to help you with things like this. Your performance in the company can be impacted with stress, and it is only right for your employer to help you manage stress and mental health issues.

Reach out for help and support

Your boss will never know that you're already in need of help until you let them know. You will also never realize the kind of help that's available unless you ask.

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Be aware of your rights as an employee

There are laws that protect employees with mental health issues and if you know your rights, you know where you stand.

Work with your manager or boss

You have to consder consulting and working together with your higher ups in making changes that will help you become better. With proper support from your employer, you can make little changes to improve the way things go in your office. Changes cannot happen overnight, these will have to take a while but so long as there is progress, no matter how small they are, they should be able to help you.

Share it with someone you trust

It can be a colleague in your workplace whom you can trust well. Sharing and allowing yourself to discuss these things can help you unload the burden and organize your thoughts. You may also be able to learn new insights which can help you better deal with stress. Just make sure you have decided the points you want to share or discuss about what you're going through.

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