According to The American Institute of Stress. “Job stress is the top source of stress for American adults and it has escalated progressively over the past few decades (The American Institute of Stress. Workplace Stress). Not only can it make you unhappy with your job and cause your performance to suffer, but it can also impact your physical and mental health.”
I just read that on the blog of the Balance Careers.
That is the exactly THE reason WHY I do what I do. As it makes me feel sad and at the same time very humble and grateful, as I see how important it is to teach people how to stay relaxed in an unrelaxed world. Growth of consciousness is needed. Different approaches are needed.
I personally have suffered from work stress as well, until these tools came on my path. So I do want to give you hope and let you know that there is a solution. It really is essential that you learn how to manage job stress before it leads to long-term problems from which it will be difficult to recover.
Let us first look at some of the top causes of job stress and the issues associated with it. After that we will explore some ways to manage it.
Major Causes of Job Stress
It is helpful to identify what is causing your job stress, as only when you’re conscious of the cause, you can attempt to manage and change it. Here are some possibilities:
- Conflict With Your Boss or Coworkers: It is of vital importance to have a good relationship with your colleagues and boss. If you don’t feel aThey can make a good job better, and help you survive a bad one.
- Job Insecurity: It isn’t surprising to be worried if you are afraid you are going to lose your job at any moment. Impending layoffs are very stressful.
- Job or Career Dissatisfaction: If your job or career isn’t a good match for your personality type, interest, attitudes or work-related values you are unlikely to be satisfied with it. It is critical to consider this from time to time and .
- Overwork: When engaged in a big project at your job, it may be necessary to spend a lot of time at the office or be forced to take work home with you. If it happens infrequently, it is unlikely to become a problem, but if you regularly have to stay late or continue to work from home after hours, you may begin to feel stressed out.
The effects are hughe and impact all of us!
72% of people who have daily stress report that it interferes with their lives. 30% of respondents say they have taken medication to manage their anxiety and related problems like nervousness and sleep disorders (Anxiety and Depression Association of America [ADAA]. Highlights: Workplace Stress & Anxiety Disorders Survey).
Job stress can lead to chronic health problems like cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders, and psychological disorders, according to The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a division of The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you catch symptoms early, you can resolve problems before they lead to more severe consequences.
NIOSH points out that some of the early warning signs to look for are job dissatisfaction, sleep disturbances, headache, trouble concentrating, a short temper, an upset stomach, and poor morale. Also be aware of a change in personal relationships, increased use of drugs or alcohol, and teeth grinding.
What Can You Do To Manage Your Job Stress
Here are some fixes that can help you solve some of the problems that are causing you to be stressed.
Work on Yourself
- Learn Tools To Strengthen Your Nervous System. Stress has a major impact on your nervous system, so you need tools to strengthen it.
Take a Break
- There is a saying, that you should meditate each day for 1 minute, but if you’re stressed, you should do it for one hour. So, take breaks, as often as you can, even if it feels you’re taking ridiculous often a break. Know that you need it. During these breaks, close you eyes, walk away from the computer and get your mind clear.
Prepare for a Layoff
- Act, not react. While a looming layoff can be very unsettling, being proactive can reduce some of your stress. Have a plan in place should you end up unemployed.
Find a new job or career
- Life your purpose, it’s never too late to change. If you find that you made the wrong job or career choice, or your career is no longer fulfilling, it may be time for a change. Choose carefully.
Quit the job
- Trust in the plan of the Universe. Know that you’ll be ok and taken care of. While resigning may seem like an extreme action, it may be your only option if your job is making you miserable, and especially if it is making you sick.
Work on improving workplace relationships
- If you can’t see God in all, you can’t see God at all. Start working on a better relationship with yourself, as that will help you and keep on looking for ways to resolve conflicts with your boss or coworkers. Although it may be difficult, it is worth the effort.
Get Professional Help
- You don’t need to do it all by yourself and asking for help, is a sign of strength, not weakness. If your stress is having a profound effect on your well-being, don’t be afraid to get professional help.
Identifying the sources of your job stress and finding ways to manage them can improve your overall mental and physical health. It can, as well, have a positive effect on your career and life in general.
If you’d like me to help you, I’d be happy to serve you to my best attempts and show you the way from the darkness into the light.