Updated: Apr 26, 2022
Work-related stress is a very common topic among coworkers. It is normal to feel stressed from time to time. However, you might be facing a situation where the stress is affecting you daily. That is when your health and personal life are at risk. Therefore, it is important to know how your health is affected to take the appropriate steps to handle it.
What is work-related stress?
Work-related stress is the physical and/or mental inability to handle work demands. These demands could have external or internal roots. Work-related stress could be short-term or long-term.
What can cause work-related stress?
Increased job demands
Lack of work-related resources
Conflict between coworkers
Poorly define job duties
Lack of recognition
Poor work organization
Lack of skills
How does it manifest in your body?
Our body responds in a “fight or flight” way each time we are exposed to stress. That is a natural response. And when that happens, the blood pressure goes up, heart rate and breathing increase, and muscle tenses. When the state of stress continues and becomes chronic, health problems start to appear.
Some examples of effects on the body are:
Increase blood pressure
Increase risk of heart attack
Back and upper extremities musculoskeletal problems
Weakened immune system
What can be done?
There are things that you cannot control about your work. You have to deal with what is controllable under your circumstances. To do that you need to identify what triggers your stress. Once you do that, pay attention to the way you respond when exposed to that trigger. Start trying to turn your response into a positive attitude, which at the same time will help you to relax.
Some things that you can try while at work are:
Learn when to say no
Take deep breaths
Bring positive thoughts
Talk to someone
Take time off
Avoid the triggers
Once you are at home, you can try these:
Get a massage
Take a warm bath
Use aromatic candles
Surround yourself with optimistic people
Eat a healthy snack
Some companies offer the opportunity to their employees to go to professional therapy sessions or groups, take advantage of that option. Or, you can look for the healthcare professional of your preference to attend to your needs. And a very important point is to accept that, sometimes, the best solution is to quit and look for another place to work.
Now you have an idea of what can be causing your stress at work and how to handle it. Don’t let the stress at work consume your life and your relationships. Take advantage of the tools that you have available and learn how to put yourself in control of your situation. Please be healthy and stay tuned for the next topic.
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