Workplace Stress – Why Your Job May Be Killing You
By D Martin
Work is by far the leading source of stress in our lives. Nine out of ten people say they experience high levels of stress several times a week. And one out of four of us have high stress levels every day.
What you may not know is that your workplace stress may, in fact, be affecting your health. Stress affects the body in many different ways. While some kinds of stress are beneficial, others can cause serious health problems.
Chronic stress weakens the body’s physiological systems and leads to innumerable health problems. In fact, 70 to 80 percent of all disease and illness is workplace stress related.
Major stress related health problems include coronary heart disease, cancer, the common cold, migraine headaches, warts, some cases of female infertility, ulcers, insomnia, and hypertension.
Even more frightening is that workplace stress is at an all-time high and continues to rise. Gone are the days of working 40 hours a week. The average person now works 60 hours a week which means more hours of prolonged workplace stress and less time to relax.
Workplace stress even invades our vacation time. According to Anderson Consulting, 80% of people who took vacations in 2000 stayed in touch with the office by taking their laptop or cell phone with them.
There are several indicators you can use to determine if you suffer from chronic stress. Warning signs of chronic stress include headaches, teeth-grinding, back pain (especially in the shoulders or neck), anxiety, and insomnia.
It is important to identify the factors at work that may be causing your stress.
Examine the responsibilities of your job. High responsibility jobs can be a source of great stress. Your work environment can also cause stress if it is noisy, crowded, etc. If you have interpersonal problems at work, this can be one of the greatest sources of work place stress.
If you suffer from chronic stress, there are many things you can do to reduce stress.
Some of the most effective stress management techniques include relaxation exercises, meditation, or taking a short nap. If you are at work and need to reduce stress, try deep (abdominal) breathing, take a short break, or talk to a friend or co-worker.
Ultimately, virtually every job is somewhat stressful. But by identifying and effectively managing your stress, you can reduce its negative effects and enjoy a healthier life.
Some tips to reduce Workplace Stress
By Wayne F. Perkins
If you feel stress at work, if you carry your stress home with you at night, here are some tips that will help you achieve success over stress. You can reduce stress on the job :
- When making phone calls, as you pick up the phone and dial, take three slow deep breaths. Concentrate on pushing tension out of your lungs as you exhale.
- Sit down to eat. (Do not eat while standing or driving in your car) Focus on relaxing and enjoyable talk at lunchtime. If co-workers only insist on rehashing all of the negative stuff at work, insist on eating alone.
- When you drive your car to your business or your job, listen to something enjoyable or motivating.
- On the way home from your business or your job, listen to enjoyable or relaxing music.
- Take a few minutes each day to thank God, in whatever form is consistent with your belief system, for the glorious sunrise. At sunset, do the same. If you are at work while the sun is setting, take a quick break to watch the sun set and again, thank your concept of “God” for the glorious sunset.
- Take a few minutes at work to think of people who may have harmed you in any way. Breathe deeply, relax, and push out all of the tension surrounding those thoughts. Fill your ear and your lung with forgiveness for the person or persons who have harmed you. Wish for them the same success and happiness you wish for yourself.
- Live today as if it where your last day. Make your last day, your best day!
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