When we think of stress, we often think of our personal lives and the things that cause us anxiety. However, it’s important to remember that stress can come from many different sources including our workplaces. Stress at work is a major problem for a lot of people.
There are many different causes of stress at work, including:
Long hours. One of the leading causes of stress at work is long hours. Today, many people feel pressured to work long hours to keep up with their workload and meet deadlines. This can lead to feelings of fatigue, reduced productivity, and even burnout.
High pressure to perform. Another common cause of stress at work is high pressure to perform. It can be very stressful when you feel under constant scrutiny by your boss or co-workers. This pressure can come from unrealistic expectations, such as being expected to work overtime or meet unrealistic deadlines.
Limited control over your work. Many people feel like they have limited control over their work. If you feel like your job is not going the way you want it to, or if you are not given the opportunity to make decisions about your work, this can also cause stress and frustration.
Lack of support. Lack of support from managers and co-workers is a huge cause of stress at work. Lack of support can leave employees feeling isolated and unable to cope with demands.
Bullying. No one deserves to be bullied at work. Unfortunately, workplace bullying is all too common. And it can take a severe toll on your mental and physical health.
Symptoms of Work Stress
So what are some of the most common symptoms of stress at work? Here are a few to look out for:
Difficulty concentrating or making decisions-It can be hard to focus on anything else when stressed. We may have trouble completing simple tasks or struggle to make even fundamental decisions.
Increased absenteeism or tardiness: If you’re stressed at work, you may start to dread coming in or arrive late more often. Some people may even begin to call in sick more frequently in extreme cases.
Changes in eating habits-When we’re stressed, our eating habits often change. Some people may lose their appetite, while others may find themselves overeating. If you notice any changes in your eating habits, it could signify that you’re experiencing stress at work.
Difficulty sleeping-Stress can also interfere with our sleep patterns. If you’re finding it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep, it could be a sign that you’re stressed about something at work.
Increased irritability or anxiety: When we’re stressed, we may feel more anxious or irritable. If you find yourself getting easily frustrated or feeling on edge, it could signify that your stress levels are too high.
What Can I Do If I am Stressed at Work?
Despite these common causes of work-related stress, there are things you can do to manage it.
One strategy that many find helpful is keeping a journal or planner where they write down their tasks, deadlines, and goals for the day. This helps you stay organised and better manage your workload so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
Another helpful strategy is to take breaks during the day. Step away from your desk for a few minutes every hour to walk, get some fresh air, or stretch your legs. Doing this will help you clear your head and reduce stress levels.
If you are being bullied at work, it’s essential to speak up. Talk to your supervisor or HR department about the problem.
If you feel that you are not getting the help and support you need at work, you can contact ACAS, who may be able to give you advice, or contact your union rep if you have one.
Is it worth considering changing jobs if your job seriously affects your daily life? Maybe a different career path? If your an unhappy at work, there is a high chance that this will spill over into your personal life, so is it worth asking yourself if your job is worth that?
If you find that work-related stress impacts your mental health, you may also want to consider seeing a therapist. A therapist can help you explore the root causes of your stress and teach you strategies for managing it.
Ultimately, it’s important to remember that there are things you can do to reduce work-related stress, even if you can’t eliminate it. You can improve your overall mental health and well-being by taking steps to manage your stress.