If you think your supervisor would be open to a constructive conversation about the problems you two may be having, consider asking for a meeting to discuss them. Airing grievances respectfully and clearing up miscommunications can go a long way toward reducing boss-related stress and possible effects on your health. If that’s not possible or if it fails, and if you can’t quit or otherwise change your work situation, experts recommend considering several steps:

●Buffer the effects of a bad boss-employee relationship by taking care of your health. Make sure you eat well, get enough sleep, exercise.

●Learn to use stress-reduction techniques, such as meditation, yoga or prayer.

●To keep your self-esteem intact, be sure to maintain your personal dignity and “never let them see you cry” at work, psychotherapist Richard O’Connor says. Family support can help defuse the stress. Or think of a personal hero and imagine what that person would do to stay calm and strong.

●Recognize that it’s your boss who has a problem, not you.

●Consider seeing a therapist to help you handle the anxiety or depression that a bad boss can contribute to or cause.

Consult a doctor if a medical condition that may be related to stress has arisen or worsened.

●Finally, look carefully at your own actions. Are you missing a lot of days or failing to complete work well or on time in ways that others are not? This does not excuse bad or demeaning behavior by a boss, but it will make your case about poor treatment weaker.