Work-related stress has become such a commonly accepted concept for many working people that it is easy to forget how damaging it can be. Ongoing stress may be a contributing factor to short- and long-term health problems, and it can also seriously impair the quality of a person’s life, causing psychological problems such as anxiety or depression.
What is work-related stress?
Most people experience challenges within their job, and some level of pressure at work is to be expected from time to time. However, if you feel as if work is taking over your life and that you cannot relax or enjoy yourself when you’re away from the workplace, it may be that your job is causing you stress.
Work-related stress can be caused by a number of factors. These include bullying, discrimination, poor relationships with colleagues, poor time management or communication, an overly heavy workload, worries about job stability, or lack of support from your employer. Sometimes, the stress may be caused accidentally e.g. poor planning by your managers resulting in more work for you, or deliberately in the case of work place bullying, harassment or discrimination.
What are the symptoms of work-related stress?
Common symptoms that can occur as a result of workplace stress include:
• Feeling anxious, irritable, tearful or angry
• Poor concentration and forgetfulness
• A feeling of heaviness, feeling that there is always something you should be doing
• Loss of interest in activities you previously enjoyed, turning down social invitations, etc
• Fatigue or exhaustion
• Frequent headaches
• Sleeping disturbances/insomnia
• Skin problems such as adult acne, rosacea, flare ups of eczema or psoriasis
• Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms
• Eating too much or not enough – unexplained weight gain or weight loss
• Over reliance on caffeine, cigarettes or alcohol
• Repetitive nervous movements such as tics, nail biting, scratching
Mace Energy Method
If you have explored all the channels for removing work related stress from your life, such as reporting your feelings and symptoms to your employer, but feel that you are still experiencing stress as a result of your working environment, the Mace Energy Method (MEM) may be able to help you deal with your feelings about work and help to ease your symptoms of stress. If this applies to you, please contact us for more information to find out how MEM can help with stress-related conditions.
Remember: feeling constantly stressed out by your job is not ‘normal’ nor is it something that you just have to accept.
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