Work, we put so much of our time and energy into our working life. Your work helps you to contribute to society and provides you with a living. You can get a lot of job satisfaction but also have some challenges and fun. Sometimes your work can cause you stress. Stress in the workplace is the #1 type cause of occupational disease. About one in seven people suffer from work related stress.
What is it, how does it appear, how do you recognise it and most importantly, what can you do it? ”
“When people are stressed, they get sick. It could be cold or cold sores, which pop up because the immune system can’t suppress the virus,” says Dr Levine.
What is Work Stress?
Work stress is caused by your work environment. The combination of stress at work and in private spheres can lead to stress complaints. As a result, you will be less productive, which can lead to more problems. Some stress responses may be useful, which will make you perform better. But there are stress responses that are less useful, for example, worrying all night about the evaluation meeting with your supervisor or the meeting scheduled for the next day. This stress response does not contribute to solving the problem. It is important to address this stress.
Long term effects of stress
If you suffer from work stress for prolonged periods, you are likely to get sick. Overworked, burnout, depression, cardiovascular diseases are all common consequences. It is wise to intervene early in cases of work stress. Therefore, it is important that you recognise the first stress responses so that you can prevent it from getting worse and quickly search for a solution.
What are the symptoms of work stress?Work stress can be recognised by several factors, such as changes in your body.
Examples of stress symptoms:
• Excessive sweating
• Moist hands
• Quivering and vibrating
• Having a change in your eating habits
• Sleeping problems
• Having to go to the toilet more than usual
• Irritated easily
• Easily distracted
• Impulsive responses
• Hasty and/or restless behaviour
• Absent-minded and forgetful
• Less interest in your work and/or work environment
• Incapable of completing a work task.
• Swift changes in emotions (from happy to angry to sadness).
Work stress has to be dealt with, that is for sure! You do not want to get sick and have to stay home from work, because that does not solve anything, and it can cause other problems. You can start to think that you are less helpful by not working, you earn less or no income and thereby are also getting financial worries.
Look for the causes are you affected by any of the following?
Once you recognise stress signals, it is important to find out what causes this work stress. You could try a relaxation class such as gentle yoga or mindfulness. If you learn some deep breathing techniques it can activate the body’s relaxation response. This may help that restfulness feeling that is the opposite of the fight or flight or mobilisation stress response.
Could it be because of excessive work pressure? Do you feel less appreciated or are there any ambiguities about your tasks? Work stress can also be caused by a bad relationship with your supervisor or by insecurity about maintaining your job.
Do you feel less appreciated or are there any ambiguities about your tasks? Work stress can also be caused by a bad relationship with your supervisor or by insecurity about maintaining your job.
Work stress can also be caused by a bad relationship with your supervisor or by insecurity about maintaining your job.
Talk about it
Discuss this with a trusted colleagues, supervisor, company doctor, confident or company social worker. Or talk to someone outside your workplace, like your family or friends. You can also seek help from your GP, psychologist or therapist. Be sure to find professional help if you cannot solve this yourself. It is also good to take lots of breaks and get some fresh air.
How to deal with work stress
Live conscious and healthy. Watch your diet. Healthy food adds to your energy level and greatly affects how you feel. So try to stay healthy. Do not drink alcohol and/or smoke tobacco. Are you in a hurry to put together healthy food menus and or live healthily?Have a conversation with a professional. You can think of dietitian, a personal lifestyle coach personal trainer.
Keep Active and Moving
Move for at least half an hour a day, because then you will be up to the minimum norm and produce a hormone in your brain that will help you relax. For example, go for a walk or cycle for half an hour after work or go to the gym. You do not want to go alone? Join a sports or walking group.
Try to relax consciously, for example by doing recreational exercises. There are several types of yoga that help you relax. Many people also benefit from Mindfulness. You learn to live in the here and now and how to deal with stress. Do exercises that suit you and feel good. If only they help you to relax.
I would like to end this blog with a quote by Terri Guillemets:”Give your stress wings and let it fly away from you.”