Workplace stress is quickly growing into a major health epidemic, with serious consequences for both employers and employees. Sky-high absenteeism rates and burnout make it difficult for employees to be productive; employers often see a dip in productivity reflected in revenue. At the end of the day, both employer and employee have a vested interest in helping to manage workplace stress.
The signs of workplace stress can be immediate and obvious. But not all of us have heart palpitations as soon as we walk into the office, or constantly feel as though our adrenaline is at an all-time high. What are some other, less-obvious signs that you’re dealing with serious workplace stress?
- You constantly feel anxious or depressed
- You’re easily irritated, whether at work or at home
- You suffer from fatigue, but you have a hard time sleeping
- You find it difficult to concentrate or stay focused
- You feel apathetic about things that once interested you
- You’re getting sick much more often
- You’ve been turning to alcohol, drugs, or both to deal with the stress
If you recognize yourself in any of these symptoms, it’s likely you’re on the track to developing a serious case of workplace stress. Once you’ve recognized the problem, what can you do to stop it? Is there any way to reverse the toll that workplace stress can place on your health?
Being more active is the key
If you’re spending too much time at your desk, you’re far more likely to feel stressed out, fatigued, and any other assortment of negative emotions. Try to get up and stretch your legs every hour. Take a brief walk around the office, or take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you get a lunch break, take off your allotted time – and don’t just eat lunch at your desk!
Improving your diet
It sounds basic, but improving your diet can make a world of difference in terms of battling stress in the workplace. Make sure you load up your plate with plenty of omega-3 fatty acids. That includes fish, spinach, nuts, and other healthy fats. On that note, be sure you’re getting plenty of sleep – when you’re tired, you’re more likely to give in to the temptations of junk food.
GET YOUR PRIORITIES RIGHT AND ORGANIZE YOURSELF
If you’re stressed out at work because you feel like you’re doing a million things at once, it’s time to prioritize the most important tasks. At the beginning of each day, make a list of everything that needs to get done. Of all these tasks, mark down the ones that absolutely need to be done by the end of the day. Anything else can wait until these tasks have been finished. When you’re going through your list, you may find that there are fewer tasks that need your immediate attention.
Prioritizing and organizing your day is an excellent way to feel more in control of your workspace. When you’re feeling flustered and cluttered, it’s much easier to feel stressed out. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be an organized person, try this technique out – you’ll be surprised at the difference it can make in your day!
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