You Stressed out
Does work work frustrate you? Is it causing you to feel stress?
Are the people you work or stressing you out?
How do you plan to deal all this stress? Are you able to handle it or are you going need some help?
What is stress and what is causing so many of us to feel stressed at work and in life?
Why is it important to handle stress effectively?
These are the questions we will consider in this article.
The way the economy has been since 2014, many people are feeling more economic stress than ever. While others are finding a way to thrive.
No matter your current financial situation, dealing with work and life stress is something you may need help with.
Each day you go to work and every day you are expected to do more work, in less time and with less resources.
We not only put our bodies through stress but we put a tremendous amount of stress on our mind. Our body and mind handle stress in different ways, but one affects the other.
When you are under stress do you notice your heart beats faster? Your breathing changes. You may perspire. Sometimes you get a headache. For some their back and shoulders hurt. Others experience a lower than average interest in sex. Some experience mood swings and just want to be alone.
Do you have any of these symptoms when you get stressed out at work?
The stress you are putting on yourself, over the long-term can cause the buildup of cholesterol. This can put you at greater risk for high blood pressure, a stroke or a heart attack.
We hear it all the time, a co-worker in their 30’s, has a heart attack Monday morning.
Your Body and Stress
When your body is coping with stress your sympathetic system can lead you to experience a range of problems. Symptoms such as gastro problems, fever, disease, tension, lack of focus, panic attacks and others.
In the short-term, stress can be good. It can help you deal with the problems at hand and help you see opportunities.
The long-term the effects can hinder your ability to perform your job at your highest level.
Everybody handle stress and reacts to it differently. Some people sees work stress as a threat. Others see it as an opportunity to grow, change and conquer over their problems.
You are starting to see there are two types of people.
Those who are aggressive and hostile and those who are relaxed and healthy. The relaxed and healthy people have a They takes life as it comes. They have a go with the flow attitude.
Types of Stress
Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Many of us deal with anxiety in our own ways. Anxiety usually feeds the stress. The symptoms can range from, uneasiness, dizziness, get the shakes, shortness of breath, diarrhea, nausea, fear and lack concentration.
So, if these are the symptoms, then the question is, “How do we deal with anxiety?”
First you must find the cause of your work stress. If this is the first time you have experience this type of stress, find ways to discuss the issue with others.
If this is a reoccurring issue in your life, you many need to get your management team involved to change the environment that is causing your anxiety stress.
Remember, sometimes when we are feeling stressed, there is usually other person feeling stressed because of you. This could be your spouse at home to other members of your team.
Have you ever had a panic attack? Personally, I have not but I do know a few people who have. At any moment, they can have the feeling of being overwhelmed. It is a real feeling and they don’t know how to deal with it.
It can happen at any time and the attack can be triggered by anything. Attacks often happen at work when you feel like you are under performing.
Under performing causes stress levels to go up. It can cause serious depression. It can affect your relationship with others. Many time people say they start to feel burned out.
Ask any entrepreneur and they will tell you when they were getting their business started and money was running low, the feeling of the unknown was real. Stress was real and it kept then up long hour some late nights.
Dealing with Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Many people who suffer ongoing attacks have had counsellors tell them to ride out the attack. This can work most of the time but if the person does not deal with the cause of the stress they will continue to feel the same anxiety for years to come.
At work or in business, our work load, co-workers, management or lack of all these, is causing us to feel stressed out.
You need to remember your attitude toward your stress will determine how you handle it. If you have a positive attitude you might only experience some stress. If you have a negative attitude, you may feel the stress for a long time after the event.
Saying negative statements about yourself or the situation usually means you need to change your outlook.
Replace negative words with positive statements. Place your attention on things that will get your mind off the things that are causing your stress. You may need to reprogram your mind.
Click here and you will find a series of affirmations that can help you develop a positive mind set.
Have you been in a state of stress for so long that you start to feel depressed?
The symptom of depression mean you have not dealt with some deep issue and now it is affecting who you are. It is also affecting other in your life.
If you experience fatigue, a low sex drive, insomnia, tension, hypertension, irritability, hopeless, feeling like no one likes you and/or suicidal thoughts. It is time to get help. You need to talk to a professional. Deal with the stress.
Sometimes prescribed medicine will be used. In my opinion, if you deal with the cause you may not need the medication in the first place. But there are many causes where short term medication can help people cope with their symptoms.
Dealing with Depression
Tired of being depressed. You may need to take a break from work. It might be time to get into nature.
Many people who are stressed over also over weight. It might be time to fix your diet and get some exercise.
You may need to find time to meditate. Here are 25 reason I practice mindful meditation.
Many time we need to talk to someone about how you feel. Reach out to friends or a counselor.
To be less depressed it can help to not see things as black and white.
Do not generalize everything and do not take everything personally. No one is a mind reader, so talk about your feelings.
Try not to make everything a big deal. Most of all think positively. A negative attitude will only result in a negative life.
Food Choices and Stress
Did you know job stress can cause you to over eat or under eat? Have you ever been at your work desk and go to the vending machine (pantry or fridge) and buy a bag of candy or chips, take it to your desk and eat the whole bag?
Read this article on how you can overcome these bad habits and meal plan for a healthy diet.
Right after you eat the junk food you experience two emotions, one of satisfaction and the other of displeasure.
Why does this happen?
One part of us wanted to find happiness and comfort in junk food. The healthy side of us is disappointed we did not reach for something better.
Over a long period of time, a poor diet can have a major impact on our brain’s ability to think, act and get what it is work towards.
What we put in our bodies is just as important as what we put in our minds.
Food can fuel us or make us lazy. Our bodies need carbohydrates, proteins, fats, amino acids and vitamins to work optimally.
The question is, what will you put in your body?
The right foods or the wrong foods. Stress can deplete your body of important nutrition that is needs to work at optimal levels. It is important to drink 2 to 4 liters of water each day.
Why is that?
Our bodies are mostly water and most people walk around dehydrated and don’t even know it.
If you feel depressed, limit the amount of sugar, salt and caffeine you consume. Sugar will give you a temporary boost but will make you feel worse after. You may have seen this in children, the old sugar crash.
Eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure and cause you to over react. Do you wonder why those salty chip commercials hope you don’t just eat one?
Caffeine is a great pick me up. We see millions of people go to the local coffee shops and pick up sugar filled caffeine drinks. Sometimes they pick them up two or more times in a day.
Caffeine consumed when stressed, can add to nervous tension in the body and mind.
Alcohol and Drugs
No matter how you spin it, alcohol and drugs are becoming a bigger problem in society. It does not matter what I think but I do feel more people are turning to alcohol and drugs for all the wrong reasons.
They are looking for a escape.
There is nothing wrong with having a glass of wine with dinner, having beer with a friend or doing a birthday shot. The problem is many people turn to alcohol as our primary solution to the problem.
Narcotics and prescription drugs are being abused in record numbers. In recent years, you have heard about celebrities like Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, Prince and Whitney Huston all dying because of drug overdosing.
Do you notice that the one thing doctors prescribe to us, is one of the things we should not be taking too much of?
Your depression mixed with the wrong medication can cause you to do things that you may not remember or may regret for the rest of your life and still worst, cause your death.
Other Effects of Alcohol and Drugs
Alcohol and prescribed medicine complicate your effort to deal with job stress. They can have an impact on your overall health and can affect the relationships you have with your spouse, family, friends and co-workers.
Most people when they deal with stress will drink until there mind goes numb. In society we are not told, “Hey have one drink, sit down and game plan.” Instead we are shown and told on television, movies and other media outlets that drinking away your pain is acceptable.
We are told prescription medication will help us but we’ll need to stay on the medication long-term. Many times, we are not being helped with the issues that cause our problems.
We have got to look within ourselves for the answers. Yes, it is hard to look within, if you are in a state of depression. Therefore, it is important to us any recourses available to you. Find help.
Harassment on the Job
Most of us have experience harassment in our life time. Weather it was in school with a bully, at work by one of our peers or someone on the management team.
Most people who experience or do the harassing will make it sexual and/or a general harassment. Both can cause you stress at work and at home.
Many times, we feel we cannot talk to anyone and feel we at fault. This is the same reason sexual assaults don’t get reported as often as they occur.
If you did not know, sexual harassment is illegal and people lose their jobs, families and lively hoods over it.
As mentioned, most people do not complain and allow it to happen. They feel that person doing the harassing has a power over them and feel the company will not do anything about it.
Sexual harassment can start of as innocent flirtation but it soon become something different. It is best practice to not flirt with men or women we work with. Keep the relationships professional.
A general type of harassment can occur in the workplace. Many time co-workers, supervisors or manager want to show their position of power. They will make comment, ignore you, talk behind your back, exclude you from meetings or the lunch table. All these behaviors cause people to become stressed at work.
What Can You Do About Harassment
If you are being harassed at work let the person doing the harassing know that their behavior is not acceptable.
Ask them to stop and let them know that the next time it happens you will voice your dissatisfaction up the chain of command, at work.
If it does not stop, take the right action, no matter who it is in the company.
Conflicts on the Job Site
Many times, we say one thing but the other person hears something else. We have a situation where misunderstanding and miscommunication has occurred.
Watch what you are saying and ask if the other person understands. Ask the person to repeat what you said to ensure there is not miscommunication.
Another type of conflict, at work, is gossip. If you are taking part in the gossip. STOP!
If you are the person people are talking about, don’t confront the gossipers or start to gossip about them.
Try to smile and be friendly. Take the high road. The people who are talking about you want to get a reaction out of you. If you react, they win. When you do not react, you win.
Your positive attitude along with what is in the book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, can help you turn the situation around.
It is not uncommon to feel angry at work. This can cause us to get stressed. If you are already stressed, anger can make it worse. If you are feeling any anger it’s time to step back to reflect on what is going on.
Find out what other emotions you are hiding and bring them forward. You do not want to make the problem worse than it already maybe.
This is also a good time to find some social support. Talking to someone about your anger can help you deal with it.
What if a customer is causing you to be angry. You can read this article on how to deal with angry customers.
Speak slower than you normally do. Unconsciously your brain and body will start to feel calmer. Take deep breaths in and exhale the stress out.
You may need to do this a few times. You will feel the stress leaving your body as well as a relaxation come over your body.
It is time to talk yourself up, not put yourself down. It is another sign that you need to talk to a professional about your problems.
We do not want your anger to get worse. We have all heard on the news of people who go to the job one day and kill a bunch of people. Many times, because they felt helpless, worthless and unappreciated.
If you are angry with people don’t shake your head at them. Do not roll your eyes, sighing, be sarcastic with your words or tones. Do not finger-pointing or making a fist and point it in their direction. Your anger can cause them to be angry.
Two angry people cannot manage work stress together.
Take Time off Work. Don’t Burn Out
Are you feeling over worked, under paid and underappreciated?
Unfortunately, many people feel that way at work and at home. It can be that you are bored, financially stressed, pressured to preform, uninspired or uninterested in with job.
Perhaps the challenge is gone?
Try your best to find satisfaction in your work. Make new goals, learn something new, meet new people and think about taking some time off to regroup, reenergize and recharge.
Use your two-week vacation and if you need to, take an unpaid leave of absences.
If none these ideas work for you, it could be time to look for a new job. You may even consider finding work in a different field from what you are in currently.
Please note I am not a health professional, doctor or phycologist.
I am someone who has used the concepts, we have talked about, to deal with my own stress. I have found successful ways to lower my stress levels.
Everyone who feels stressed, will not benefit from the information in this article. But if you can take one idea and use it and can find balance at work and at home.
If you feel stressed you may want to reflect on your problems and take up meditation. Try some relax breathing techniques and/or you may want to talk to someone about how you feel.
Sometimes other people’s perspective can help us cope with work place stress.
Which one step will you take today to lower your work stress?
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