Everyone who has ever held a job has, at some point, felt the pressure of work-related stress. Any job can have stressful elements, even if you love what you do. In the short-term, you may experience pressure to meet a deadline or to fulfil a challenging obligation. But when work stress becomes chronic, it can be overwhelming — and harmful to both physical and emotional health.
Unfortunately, such long-term stress is all too common. You can't always avoid the tensions that occur on the job. Yet you can take steps to manage work-related stress.
Common Sources of Work StressCertain factors tend to go hand-in-hand with work-related stress. Some common workplace stressors are:
Effects of Uncontrolled StressUnfortunately, work-related stress doesn't just disappear when you head home for the day. When stress persists, it can take a toll on your health and wellbeing.
In the short term, a stressful work environment can contribute to problems such as headache, stomach-ache, sleep disturbances, short temper and difficulty concentrating. Chronic stress can result in anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system. It can also contribute to health conditions such as depression, obesity and heart disease. Compounding the problem, people who experience excessive stress often deal with it in unhealthy ways such as overeating, eating unhealthy foods, smoking cigarettes or abusing drugs and alcohol.
Taking Steps to Manage Stress