How Stress At Work Can Affect Your Wellbeing
No stress at work this year!
It’s quite a goal to do justice to, and it’s obviously not something that can be guaranteed to stop happening, but when you’re in a semi-heavy New Year, New Me mode When 2020 comes, you are looking for ways to reduce stress and improve work-life balance.
According to the Health Executive Agency, a study of statistics on work-related stress, depression, or anxiety in the UK found that “work-related stress is an average of 23.9 days lost to work for everyone concerned”. This is more than three full working weeks for not only the person under stress but ALL in their immediate workgroup. A lot of stress indeed.
If you think that you feel stressed at work, that you cannot switch off completely at home, or that this could affect your overall health, you are happy to know that there are simple ways to combat it. In this short post, I will give a brief overview of stress, what it does, how to fight it and how to get support.
So what causes stress at work?
You know when you have it and when it’s gone, but what exactly is going on to get you stressed? I think it’s important to understand what stress is and how it manifests before you think about how to combat it.
From a common perspective, stress is the pressure we feel when we are overcome by a situation or a life event. The most notable examples are too much for work or financial problems at home. If the workload is too high, negative conversations are going on with you or things don’t seem to be going well, you will be stressed out at work.
How Stress at Work Affects YOU
How stress affects you is a very individual experience and occurs differently from person to person. You may feel nervous or irritated, get a headache, feel your heart rate sore, or have tension. Because stress reacts hormonally, symptoms manifest in different ways, be it physical or by not being able to concentrate at work and forgetting basic information.
Stress leads to bad habits
You don’t have to be irritable when you’re stressed, and while the most common reaction is when you’re irritable, stress can have an impact on the snowball.
The most common bad habits are lack of sleep, more frequent drinking or smoking than usual, and fights in which you no longer feel hungry but run out of junk food. While some may be temporary, anyone who experiences stress regularly and is not looking for ways to combat it can lead to bad habits that require ‘stress killers’ to combat.
So which stressbusters help?
There are several ways you can combat stress. Most common are:
Apply time management techniques
Learn how to take controlled breaths
Use apps that promote mindfulness
Create lists to disappoint your mind
Do not look at work-related material outside of working hours
Exercise is our best friend when it comes to relieving stress, and it doesn’t matter which form you choose. As OneWelback Heart Health reports, “running a marathon for the first time could have several health benefits, including lowering blood pressure,” which are often stressful.
Of course, you don’t have to register for the London Marathon immediately. Only when the body becomes active after work can this lead to a separation. If you are someone who is late at work and commutes home with that feeling, you will do wonders if you go to the gym, the park, or the sidewalk. Jogging in the park is much better than shuffling into the pub and taking the last train home.
It doesn’t take long. So remember that
It’s a great tactic to understand your stress. While you may not be able to control it at the moment, knowing it is going to help you lower your levels.
If after reading this article you feel more stressed than you would like, it is advisable to make an appointment with your family doctor. If you feel stressed, write down what you feel physically and emotionally. These little feelings you have can help your doctor get a good idea of where your stress comes from and how you deal with it.
The Mental Health Foundation also has excellent resources on its website, including practical advice, videos, and even podcasts to help combat stress.