It’s not easy for you to ask for help. You’re used to working long hours alone, headphones providing a barrier between you and the outside world—but now that you have a problem you can’t solve, you’re completely out of your element.
How Court Reporters Can Get Help From Others to Relieve Work Stress
Accepting support is the first step toward relieving the crippling stress you have been under. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness; it’s a way of taking control of your situation. There are many people around you who are willing and waiting to offer their support, including:
- Friends. Your friends and family members should be your first points of contact. While a close friend or relative may not be able to solve your problems, he or she can listen to your frustrations and help you set goals to overcome them.
- Mentors. A mentor can be someone in your own profession, a family member, someone who runs a business in your hometown—anyone whose personal and professional advice you rely on for guidance.
- Coworkers. Your peers may not work directly with you, but there is a great deal of camaraderie among court reporters. Sharing the common pitfalls and frustrations of a job is necessary in all careers, and discussing your problems with other reporters creates an open forum for brain-storming a solution.
- Professionals. There is no shame in talking with a therapist if your work is affecting your home life. Speak to your doctor about therapy options, or if you have been feeling overwhelmed for some time and are not sure if you will be able to cope, call the National Crisis Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text the keyword ANSWER to 839863 today.
Do you need help coping with the stress of court reporting?