Everybody has problems, so you’re not alone in this sense. But when your problems start to affect your work you need to do something about them. The problems might be personal, or they may relate directly to your job. Regardless, you need to make sure you address the issues you’ve got. If you don’t then the problems will only increase, and you’ll find yourself becoming stressed and depressed. Here are some of the measures you need to take if you feel like your problems are affecting your work. Talk to Someone If you have problems that are affecting you at work the worst thing you can do is bottle things up. It’s important that you talk to someone about these problems. This could be your boss, a work colleague or anyone else in the business. You might even want to think about getting some sort of therapy to help you deal with the issues. If you bottle things up, it just makes them worse and will only bring you down further. The problems might be work related, in which case they’ll be a little easier to deal with. If they aren’t work related it’s more difficult to stop them affecting your performances at work. But make sure your employer is aware of the problems as soon as possible. Image Source Get Help Don’t be afraid to ask for help. This isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of being sensible. Everybody goes through problems at some point in their lives. But the people who take steps to deal with it are the ones who solve their problems quickest. There are many things that your employer will be able to do to help you. They can set you up with some occupational health services, or they can just provide a friendly ear. But make sure you ask them for help and find out what your options are. Take Time off if You Need It’s perfectly acceptable to admit that you’re having a hard time dealing with problems. Particularly if they are bereavement or divorce problems. In order to deal with these problems it might be necessary for you to take time off. Again, there’s nothing wrong with this. In fact, some time off to get your head sorted could be the perfect tonic to help you. Talk to your boss and explain the situation to them. Tell them that you feel like you need to take some time off to sort yourself out. Your boss will be understanding. Don’t forget they are human too, and they will have problems of their own. It is important you take the time off if you feel like you need to. Change Roles A good way of addressing the issue if you’re having problems affecting your work is to change roles. If the problems you’re having are with a particular colleague or area of your job you should change. Speak to your employer and let them know that you’re unhappy in your current role, and it’s affecting your performance at work. Explain to them that you believe your strengths lie in other areas. Let them know that you enjoy working for the company, and you want to stay with the business. But make it clear that you want to change your current role and do something different.