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Stress on construction site - what are its causes and how to deal with it?



Stress is an integral part of our daily lives. Its role is complex, as it can have both positive and negative consequences, affecting our psyche and physical health. In the context of construction work, where we face different challenges every day, stress is common and has many sources. Unfortunately, it is often underestimated or overlooked, which can lead to negative consequences for both the individual and the entire team.


Sources of stress are multiple and diverse. Workers on a construction site have to deal with time pressures, fears for their own safety, competition within the team, and the need for careful coordination of activities. These are just some of the factors that introduce tension and a stressful work context. However, it is worth realizing that stress does not always have to be the dominant factor in one's work life. There are effective methods of stress management, such as relaxation techniques, deep breathing, or meditation, to minimize its negative impact.

It is also worth remembering that a certain dose of stress can be a stimulus for growth and achievement. Stress can mobilize us, focus us on tasks and increase our productivity. It is in stressful situations that we gain new experiences and learn to cope with different conditions, which translates into our internal development and growing adaptive skills. Therefore, it is crucial to use appropriate stress management strategies to realize its positive potential, while minimizing the risk of its negative effects on our health and professional effectiveness.



Stress on the construction site


Working in the construction industry is closely related to stress. Daily challenges require a great deal of flexibility in action, and without this skill, the whole process becomes stressful for both workers and project managers. Here are examples of situations that bring stress on a construction site, you are sure to know them well:


Deadlines

This is an important topic in the implementation of any construction project. Unfortunately, meeting deadlines often proves to be a challenge, which at the same time can lead to a lot of stress. Especially when the cause of delays is events beyond our direct control such as weather or material deliveries. The second issue is time pressure, which affects everyone involved in the project. It can be especially experienced in projects involving emergency repairs or urgent renovations.


Safety

The risk of accidents or safety inspections is always present on a construction site. This is a cause of stress for both workers and those who manage the entire project. At the same time, these people should be aware of the risks and act responsibly to ensure safe working conditions.


Cost control

Managing a construction budget and overseeing costs involves stress, especially when unexpected expenses arise.


Communication

Proper communication can greatly improve the flow of a project and facilitate the work of all involved, but in many cases, it doesn't look like it should. Ineffective communication between teams, subcontractors or suppliers can lead to problems and conflicts, again resulting in stress.


Project changes

Changes to the project - whether they are made due to a change in customer requirements or technical problems - can complicate the entire construction process and introduce uncertainty that generates stress.


Deliveries and logistics

Deliveries are directly related to the previously mentioned timeliness. Their delays or problems with logistics can disrupt the entire construction schedule, being a source of stress.


Inspections and regulations

Numerous inspections and audits are inherent in the industry. They can often be difficult and stressful, due to the need to meet certain building regulations and standards. This involves a great deal of responsibility, which is a cause of stress for many.



Soft skills in life and at home


Soft skills are not only competencies that we use in professional areas of our lives. They relate to general interactions with other people and affect our relationships, the way we communicate and our ability to solve problems. These skills are essential for building healthy relationships, including in private life, and for dealing with different situations.


The presence of stress in our professional lives often seeps uncontrollably into the private sphere. Despite attempts to separate these two aspects, we do not have the ability to be two different people at the same time, so it is necessary to learn to control the feelings that accompany us at work so as not to bring them home. Regulating these emotions can improve one's life and will definitely help us recover outside the workplace.


This is where soft skills come in, which can help us in both our personal and professional lives. These include areas such as communication, problem solving, managing emotions, building relationships or time management. We can also translate good techniques developed in the professional sphere into the home sphere and vice versa. Transferring soft skills between different spheres of our lives can significantly increase our effectiveness, improve the quality of our relationships and help us achieve satisfaction both at work and in our personal lives.



Practical ways to deal with stress


Stress management is a key element in leading a healthy life. Stress accompanies us in many areas of our lives, but how we react to it and control it can be up to us. There are various techniques and strategies worth using to reduce and manage stress and minimize its negative effects. Among the best practices we can mention:


Organization and planning

Focus on making realistic plans and prioritize your tasks so you know which one you should focus on most at any given time. Using calendars, planners or task lists will help you organize your responsibilities to manage your time effectively. Especially if you manage documentation and need to keep track of deadlines


Learning about your challenges

Learn to recognize the causes of your stress so that you can understand them and gradually focus on solutions. Knowing your warning signs, physical and emotional, sued you earlier to react to situations that seem extremely stressful to you. It is worth focusing on reducing or eliminating them from your life.


Boundary setting

Learn how to say "no" and set boundaries to avoid overburdening yourself. As Łukasz Mróz (@Prawniknabudowie) says in our Generations podcast: "deadline communication is a big problem," and setting hard deadlines is also a soft skill. These skills are necessary to maintain balance and reduce stressful situations.


Supporting a healthy lifestyle

Physical activity, such as regular sports, can help reduce stress by releasing endorphins, or happy hormones, which act as natural counterweights to stress. Movement helps us relax while improving our physical condition, which affects our resistance to stress. A healthy diet rich in nutrients also supports the body in dealing with stress, as does adequate sleep and rest, which are crucial for mental balance and can reduce stress.


Relaxation techniques

Meditation, yoga, tai chi or deep breathing are the most common techniques everyone has heard of. They can help calm the mind and reduce stress. Regular practice of these techniques can improve overall stress resistance.


Stress management is a skill that can be developed and improved. In today's world, where we are often exposed to all sorts of challenges, pressures and pressures, the ability to manage stress is proving crucial to maintaining our mental and physical health. So it's worth experimenting with different techniques to find the ones that best fit your individual needs. By doing so, you will be able to better manage stress and enjoy a more harmonious and healthier lifestyle.



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