STRESS is normal. It happens to anyone, anytime, anywhere, any day.
There are two kinds of stress. Eustress is a positive kind of stress which can help a person grow – like being promoted. Distress is the negative one which came from bad situations.
Oftentimes, people tend to experience most of the stresses at the workplace. The work can be demanding – there are deadlines, there are so many things to do-so little time, there are colleagues who are difficult to work with, and so many more. This may make the employee worried, tired, overwhelmed and exhausted. Burnout may happen which can cause harm to the mind and body. Some may experience depression and may develop physical illnesses like heart attack or having high blood.
According to helpguide.org, these are the signs and symptoms of excessive workplace stress:
- Feeling anxious, irritable or depressed
- Apathy, loss of interest in work
- Disturbance in sleep
- Trouble concentrating
- Muscle tension or headaches
- Stomach problems
- Social withdrawal
- Using of alcohol and drugs to cope
- Loss of sex drive
The good news is that, stress can be reduced. Here are some tips:
L –look for humor
E – express your thoughts and feelings to someone like your boss or a close co-worker
S – sleep at least eight hours a day
S – support your health with a balanced diet and exercise
S – schedule your time in the office
T – take time off
R – rest and relax
E – explore other areas at work
S – show your support to others
S – say a prayer
The management can also help limit stress at work. Communicating with the employees will make them feel important and needed. Show them that they are valued. Give them incentives and great benefits. Talk about the stressors at work and do something about it. Allow them to express themselves. Include them or ask their opinions about their jobs. Treat everyone fairly and respect each one. Roles and responsibilities should be clear.
There are many other ways to reduce stress. Know what your stressors are and do something to prevent them.
Further help is also available. One can talk to a mental health worker like a psychologist or a psychiatrist, if needed.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on July 28, 2017.
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