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Major Causes, Signs and Treatment of Work Stress

Work stress can occur when there is a mismatch between the requirements of the role, your capabilities and resources and supports available.  

Everyone knows what stress feels like and we’ve probably all experienced it at some stage – at home, school or work, or while getting outside our comfort zone, but while this stress is normal, if it is ongoing, it can become a problem.  


1. Putting On Weight

Different studies have shown that an unpleasant work environment steals the energy you required to make safe dietary choices and to exercise.
After completing a long hectic day at work, you are more likely to go for a movie with junk choices to refresh your mind rather than opting for safe choices, i.e. go for a walk or meditate.

2. Feeling Degraded

Workplace stress comes from the state of being undervalued and feeling bad about yourself.

If you work hard to meet your deadlines, you are appreciated at work for your efforts you make for the company’s success, then there is less or no chances to become stressed.

On the other hand, if your boss always degrades and never recognizes your efforts, it will make you feel frustrated, depressed and undervalued.

3. Losing interest in Your Spouse

One of the worst things about workplace stress is that it spoils your personal life. According to a study, people who hate their jobs and are not recognized at work have a less satisfying relationship with their spouse.

4. Taking a Sick Day

If you have not sufficient energy or interest to face a long, tiring day at work, then it is a big red flag. Workers experiencing job stress are often late for work, frequently call in sick, procrastinate and fail to meet deadlines.

5. Prone to Insomnia

Employees who are not satisfied with their jobs often find it difficult to fall asleep and even don’t sleep.

Some of the factors that commonly cause work stress include:

  • Long hours
  • Heavy workload
  • Changes within the organization
  • Tight deadlines
  • Changes to duties
  • Job insecurity
  • Lack of autonomy
  • Boring work
  • Insufficient skills for the job
  • Over-supervision
  • Inadequate working environment
  • Lack of proper resources
  • Lack of equipment
  • Few promotional opportunities
  • Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Poor relationships with colleagues or bosses
  • Crisis incidents, such as an armed hold-up or workplace death. 

A person suffering from work-related stress can help themselves in a number of ways, including:

  • Think about the changes you need to make at work in order to reduce your stress levels and then take action. Some changes you can manage yourself, while others will need the cooperation of others.
  • Talk over your concerns with your employer or human resources manager.
  • Make sure you are well organized. List your tasks in order of priority. Schedule the most difficult tasks of each day for times when you are fresh, such as first thing in the morning.
  • Take care of yourself. Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
  • Consider the benefits of regular relaxation. You could try meditation or yoga.
  • Make sure you have enough free time to yourself every week.
  • Don’t take out your stress on loved ones. Instead, tell them about your work problems and ask for their support and suggestions.
  • Drugs, such as alcohol and tobacco, won’t alleviate stress and can cause additional health problems. Avoid excessive drinking and smoking.
  • Seek professional counselling from a psychologist.
  • If work-related stress continues to be a problem, despite your efforts, you may need to consider another job or a career change. Seek advice from a career counsellor or psychologist.

References: Better Health Channel, TaskQue and Heads Up

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