Various studies show that job stress is far and away the major source of stress that people deal with and that has escalated progressively over the past few decades.
- Some of the key reasonâ€™s identified include:
- Increased workload
- Pressure to perform
- Longer working hours
- Coworker disputes
- Poor Management
Job stress is damaging to your health, your career and overall quality of life. Your body and mind instantly respond to stress by activating a physical reaction called the fight-or-flight response. Your heart beats faster, your breath quickens, and your muscles tense. Over time, stress at work can lead to burnout. Be aware of the signs and take action to reduce the amount of stress you are dealing with on a day to day basis.
Here are some tips to help you deal with stress at work:
- Make wellness a part of the workplace: one simple thing a manager can do is encourage employees to take their breaks and switch off. Also, easy to do modern management option is to have walking meetings. It encourages staff to get outdoors, up of their back side and moving, both can have a relaxed and meditative like effect.
- Humour is important. Try to find humor in stressful situations. Research has shown that laughter reduces stress, and we all know how contagious a good laugh can have on people.
- Stay off social media as much as possible during work. Interruption of technology can increase your stress levels. Continuous interruptions increase the time it takes to complete even the simplest of tasks, it then has a snowball effect on your time management which then leads to further stress. Social media, for example, can make you aware of stressful events happening which naturally makes you feel concerned and anxious while at work.
- Remember to breathe. Closing your eyes and taking a deep breath in and then letting that breath out slowly, can help slow down and reduce your negative physical reactions to stress. Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body.
- Get some support. Accepting help from trusted friends and family can improve your ability to manage stress. Your employer may also have stress management resources available through an (EAP) Employee Assistance Program.