The Work Stress Epidemic: Learning How to Deal with Stress in the Workplace Before it Deals with YOU!
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According to many lifestyle publications there are claims that ‘Stress at work is robbing most middle-class men and women of up to eight years of healthy living and affecting quality of life negatively’, this according to long term research done by experts.
Stress related long-term illnesses such as strokes, heart disease and cancer are being caused by work stress pressures and are affecting more and more of middle-class workers rather than the wealthiest in society.
Besides the stress and pressures experienced in the workplace, add to this personal financial stress, the commuting stress, and media stress; all results in increasing overall chronic stress conditions. Unfortunately few people know what sort of effective relaxation techniques to practice as stress relievers.
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The professor, from University College London, further mentions that the gap between the rich and middle class is “killing people on a grand scale”. With these facts to consider this expert has urged ministers to focus on raising education standards, as well as work and living conditions to improve overall health and wellness.
Sir Michael also calculated than averages of 500 people are dying a day in Britain from poor health caused by limited education. In the United States there are even further concerning statistics on how modern lifestyle and work stress are affecting the population.
These current statics show that working and raising family are the factors causing the most stress on the average person.
Experts claims that on average people in the middle are living about eight fewer years of healthy life, due to illnesses arising from work stress and related conditions. The symptoms of stress manifest differently in everyone.
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Ask Yourself This Question Right Now:
Are you lately becoming increasingly irritable, angry unable to concentrate, tired, and enjoying your work less every day while starting to feel less committed to it?
This could be due to stress, and if left unattended or untreated it could escalate into chronic stress resulting in mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety.
Work stress is a major driver of mental health problems, which further introduce illness, and habit forming substance abuse, increase in the use of alcohol, smoking and even suicide.
In developing countries stress rates are the highest and worse of all no real understanding for treatment of work stress, or how these pressures negatively affect individuals.
Workers are too embarrassed to discuss their stress related problems with employers, and many do not take much needed vacations to relieve stress. The high expectations in careers and the workplace contribute to the excessive levels of stress workers experience, and added to this the fear of losing the job.
Companies in developing countries do not understand these pressures on employees nor put in effort to make the workplace a pleasant environment which results in improved employee performances, better output and less days off work due to illnesses caused by stress.
The media pressures add to general stress in today’s modern society constantly bombarding people to dress better eat healthier, what to buy, where to live, and how to act. Add family pressure, financial pressure, and you start having excessive stress which has devastating effects.
Feeling hopeless, depressed and struggling against exhaustion? You could be on the brink of stress burnout!
Nervous breakdowns, depression, and suicides are increasing in society because the pressures are becoming too much. Work stress is a huge driving factor of this particularly when an employee pushes themselves beyond the limit to work harder, often on a large part due to the pressures of the employer.
‘According to a study conducted in 2014 by the ‘American Institute of Stress in New York City, the levels of chronic stress physically impairs more than 77 percent of people, and 73 percent suffer psychologically.
Stress-related health care and resultant lost working hours cost employers in the US more than $300-billion annually.’
Experts claim that although a certain level of stress is necessary for survival, unrelenting stress releases high levels of Cortisol and adrenalin into our blood stream, increases heart rates and blood pressures, emotional stress levels all contributing to ill health. Joint pain extreme fatigue and a poor immune system further make the sufferer prone to infection.
Symptoms of stress burnout that start manifesting are insomnia, anxiety issues, absent mindedness, and lack of concentration. Many experiencing high levels of work stress may deal with this chronic stress by withdrawing, procrastination, absenteeism, and don’t care attitude.
If you note a colleague at work suffering some of these warning signs, then it is helpful to reach out with solutions before they self destruct.
How to Manage Work Stress
Applying effective relaxation techniques consistently will help you deal with work stress, anger issues and anxiety. Here are some tips to manage work related stress:
a) Understand your limitations in abilities and if you find your workload is becoming too much speak to your supervisor or employer and ask for help.
b) Practicing meditation even for short periods when you feel that stress is becoming too much to bear helps calm your mind, improve focus, and aid in sleeping better.
c) Set boundaries to tackle one problem at a time, making yourself aware that you are just a single person that only has the ability to solve one issue or complete one task at a time.
d) Improve your nutrition habits avoiding comfort foods and fast foods which give you temporary highs. Avoid using excessive caffeine, energy drinks and alcohol for the same reasons as above.
e) Get some form of exercise even if it is just walking during lunch and tea breaks, or if you prefer, work off excessive stress at the gym after work.
f) Manage your time more effectively by keeping a diary and noting down your tasks. Tick them off as you complete them because this will make you feel more organized and accomplished.
If you feel life is becoming too much overall and feel anxious invest in a life coaching program or get professional help from a mentor to help organize your life.