Stress and trauma are a natural part of life, so much so that it’s unavoidable that they will affect your career. Circumstances such as divorce, bereavement, or being the victim of a crime are so great and so overwhelming that they cannot help but bleed into our work performance. However, there are a few key things that you can do to minimize the impact of stress on your career. Take note and breathe easy – you will get through this.

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Tactics to avoid a diminished work performance in the event of stressful life circumstances include:

Informing your boss or manager

  • Keeping your manager out of the loop all but ensures that whatever losses to your performance you do suffer will be attributed to personal failings rather than extenuating circumstances. Honesty is the best policy always, so privately confide in your manager whatever you are going through with the earnest hope that they will appreciate your candor and accommodate you.

Focus on your health not the stress

  • In times of stress, our health is more susceptible to failing – a vicious cycle that can ultimately lead to even more stress. While you go through hard times, minding your physical and mental health is of the utmost importance so you don’t end up on the slippery slope to disaster. Make sure to eat healthy, exercise, maintain your medication regimen (if you have one), and get enough sleep.

Lean into your support system

  • Though stress and grief often have the dangerous effect of deluding us into believing we are alone or isolating ourselves, it is when we are going through the worst of times that we need to rely on our loved ones and support system. Spend time with your friends and family and, if needed, engage support systems in the form of therapy, support groups, and medical professionals that have your best interests at heart.
  • It is tempting to run away from the scarier aspects of our deep inner architecture when we are stressed. However, traumatic events provide precious opportunities for us to look within and learn from what we see. Often, self-reflection helps us to grow and heal when we are stressed, so look hard and long into the mirror and don’t be afraid of what looks back.

Move forward

  • Eventually, it’s time to move on. Spend the appropriate amount of time coping intimately with your stress, then take the next steps forward and continue to excel in the office and at home. If you find moving on difficult, channel the energy generated by your stress into your career. This might be just the ticket to turning the page.


Though we all go through hard times, they don’t have to define us or our careers. Honesty, focus, communication, and self-awareness go a long way toward resolving the sources of our stress, and when they don’t, Career Path Staffing is always available to pick up the slack. If stress is running your work life, it may be time for some even harder decisions. We are here to help you make them, so reach out today!