Workplace stress affects everyone – whether it’s the stress of a deadline, learning how to work with a customer or employee you don’t particularly get along with, or enduring a job you hate – it’s reached you. The effects make completing daily tasks challenging; fatigue, muscle tension, headaches, heart palpitations, sleeping difficulties, stomach upset, and more add on even more stress because we simply wish it would disappear. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you’ve likely tried to cope with these problems by drinking, taking painkillers, exercising, going to bed early, and more.
The American Institute of Stress claims that job stress has escalated over the years, and one of the top sources of stress for many Americans. It seems the increase in stress is due to perceived lack of control with lots of demands, and these perceptions have given way to serious consequences, including heart attacks, hypertension, and more. Although there have been many careers on the list of “Worst and Least Stressful”, these lists have low impact because the truth is, each workplace depends on the environment and the people who make up the environment.
Other aspects of work that can cause stress include:
- Low salaries
- Excessive workloads
- Few opportunities for growth and advancement
- Work that isn’t engaging or challenging
- Lack of social support
- Not having enough control over job-related decisions
- Conflicting demands or unclear/unmet expectations
If you are experiencing a lot of stress due to these things, there are several healthy ways you can cope. First, it’s important to keep track of your stressors and how you react to them. By doing this, you can recognize a pattern and can develop a healthy response to this. Healthy responses may include taking out personal time for enjoyable activities such as walking, reading a novel, going to concerts, and more.
Next, establishing boundaries between work-life balance is important. Establish times you will not check your phone when you’re off work – this can help you to enjoy the time you have off. You may want to reduce stress through picking up relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, etc. Meditation can help decrease distracting thoughts and ease anxiety and mental stress.
Lastly, consider speaking with your supervisor about some of the things that are causing you stress. You may be able to work on some of those concerns with them to ease more of your stress. Find support in friends and family, and consider attending therapy to help you work through some of your concerns.
New Vista Behavioral Health is home to several world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery treatment programs. If you or your loved one is ready to begin treatment, call us today at 888-316-3665 for a consultation.