Work stress is a common problem nowadays, as more and more people join the workforce. This, combined with the increased use of machines which eliminates jobs, creates a competitive arena for anybody looking for a suitable job.
The result is that most of us work a job which we don't really like - we take a job not because we're passionate about doing that specific job, but because it pays the bills, and that's already a cause for stress.
There are more causes for work stress:
Too much stress diminishes the quality of our lives. We may come to live in an almost perpetual state of anxiety, being 'on the edge' very frequently, and feeling that we 'live to work'. So what are some possible ways to deal with work stress?
In the short run you can use many different ways of dealing with the stress generated because of the work you do, starting by the always handy tool of changing your way of thinking about it any time you realize you're dipping into feeling-bad thoughts.
You could even use the stressful circumstances to focus all the more on what you do want, and so little by little create that in your life.
Creating what you want is not impossible: I've seen a few good friends already going from working for somebody else to being self-employed thanks to serendipitous circumstances, after some time of them putting the mental work of focusing on what they did want.
However, you may also want to look at different practical options to deal with work stress in the long run, if you don't want to go down the 'create my own reality' route. For instance:
I know from experience that sometimes, when long-term solutions seem too many steps away, you've got to find a way to keep your calm in the moment.
What I do that always helps me is to simply focus on my breathing: I let go of all thoughts and wants to change or sort a situation, and I simply come back to focus on how I am breathing.
This simple tool helps me over and over to let go of anxiety and stress in the moment, which is vital if I want to focus on making my goals happen.
"The best way to predict the future is to create it."
Peter F. Drucker