- 4 years ago
- Wedding: February 2017
I’m a teacher; Stressed and Overwhelmed is in my job descrption.
I’m a teacher; Stressed and Overwhelmed is in my job descrption.
My planner saves me. I have a Filofax and designed my own inserts. I color code appointments v. to-do items, etc. I work in a university setting as the director of a program, so some days (like today), I might have six or more class visits, workshops to teach, interviews, etc. Fall is our busiest time too.
I also used to answer email once a day but realized it was stressing me out. Now I respond – if I can – immediately, and “mark as unread” anything I need to do something for before responding. That helps me.
Before this, I worked in insurance claims, so I get it. The work is neverending, and there is a lot of pressure. You just have to find your rhythm!
Im a nurse. I have been working at my current pt job at a retirement residence for 2 years. At first it was stressful but after the first couple months got the hang of it, new my routine and the people and the meds and all the procedures. So on a good day it’s a 2/10 stress, and on a shitstorm day it’s like a 5/10? Ish. Amd thise days are like 10% of my shift.
I started this other Long Term Care job in Oct 2015. IT’S HELL ON WHEELS! On good days it’s 5/10 bad, on a bad day it’s like 10/10 level bad. I am so overwhelemed, behind, stressed, nervous, it’s just awful. And like every other day is a bad day. The management is horrible, they are ALWAY short staffed. It’s just the absolute worst. I though the first couple month I felt this way cause I was new… but it kept getting worse not better. That place is where happiness and sanity goes to die. So I was able to stick it out from Mid Oct to March 31st and had a panic attack at work, chest pain, couldnt stop hyperventilating and crying, they had to call the ambulance, my heart rate was something crazy like 150 just sitting there waiting there waiting for the ambulance. My Bridal Party was 150/90 when normaly it’s 110/70. It was just crazy. I had to rest, get on meds, see a psych, and now I’m off the meds and finally going to weekly therapy and hopefully soon will be starting CBT to deal with my anxiety and stuff. I’ve been off since March 31, and going back in 3-4 weeks. So it will be a total of 6 months. And I’m still terrifiend of goign back there. Looking for a new job now. Now I’m sure it wasnt just the job that contributed to my panic attack and the ever high anxiety levels… there is money issues, wedding planning, weight issues… so it’s all piled on, but that job was about 75% of my stress. I couldnt sleep the night before my 7am-3pm shift… I was constantly starving hungry (that’s what happens when Im super stressed). Too Much Information: in the first hour of each shift I had diarrhea like 3 times (I have some IBS and when I’m stressing like crazy that is what happens) sorry for the Too Much Information. I was piling on pounds like it was my job. I gained at least 20-25lbs in 6 months of working there. So yeah. All this goes to say…take care of yourself! Dont sacrifice your health and sanity for a job. There is only 1 health you have and lots of other jobs to be found.
I have a to-do list that never gets finished and I often have to rewrite things on it for the following week, but I’m a teacher and that’s just expected in this job. You can think you have a good two hours after school to catch up on admin type tasks, but then a parent emails or you have some behaviour crisis and you have to drop everything.
I cope by having a weekly to-do list and I highlight urgent items in green, or write down when I plan on doing each thing, so a less urgent task could wait until my Friday morning non-teaching period. I usually take work home on weeknights and weekends and I work through at least four days of my holidays every term. I find that organisation has saved me from ever having a crisis where I’m completely unprepared for a lesson or meeting.
I’m a teacher, so during the school year, I’m stressed beyond belief and sleep-deprived almost every single day. It really sucks, and my blood pressure is suffering from the stress of my job. I’m looking to change careers (but still be in the field of education) for my mental and physical health.
I’m a clinician/psychologist and work non-stop seeing clients, supervising therapists, writing assessments, behavior plans, running groups, interventions, reports and the list goes on. I work for a director who has unrealistic expectations and expects me to work 70 plus hours a week (which I do.) My fiancé and family told me I need to slow it down at work, but I have OCD tendencies, anxiety and need to get everything complete. On a positive note I will finally be taking a mini-vacation to Mexico for a few days next month with my fiancé! 🙂
My most recent job was as an instructor at a community college. Usually my stress levels are pretty low. The biggest stress comes when I have a lot of assignments to grade. It can pile up so quickly and if I fall behind it piles up even faster! And financial stress since I get paid hardly anything and don’t get any benefits. Which is the biggest reason I’m trying to switch careers right now. I just had an interview today that will hopefully be a great stepping stone to what I’d like to do 🙂 I just can’t handle being broke all the time anymore!
I go through phases where I’m more than on top of my work (in fact, there’s not enough for me to do) and phases where there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. At the moment, it’s one of those not enough hours phases – and this is the 4th month in a row that I’ve felt like that.
For me personally, I make lists. Writing out a list of all the things that I need to do and then prioritising them really helps me with feeling less stressed. I answer to a few departments, so sometimes figuring out what is actually important and what can realistically wait for a day or two can be difficult (everyone claims that their thing is most important, of course). In these instances, I go to my boss and ask him to number my list – 1 being most urgent and so on. I realise a lot of other people don’t have this luxury, though.
I used to feel this every day – I was working as a junior accountant and in the end I decided it just wasn’t for me. Sitting at a desk all day and having to motivate myself to do tasks that I found very boring made me feel uninspired and a little bit useless. Now I am in a career that I love, it’s people focused and enables me to feel like I’m making a positive difference to others which is what gives me job satisfaction.
So whilst I’m not saying you should leave your job, but if it’s making you feel this way you need to be sure it is the right fit.
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