Work and Stress

Recently, I was reading a blog on the effects of work-related stress and the statistics were eye-opening. The bad news is many people suffer with stress that is connected to their jobs, the good news is there are strategies for effectively mitigating the negative effects that stress can have on people’s health. As our jobs become more and more complicated and demanding it’s critical that we actively take steps to deal with stress in productive ways.
Note-worthy Statistics about Stress:
  • Pets can Help Relieve Stress

    Pets can Help Relieve Stress

    $300 Billion is spent every year by employers related to health care and missed work
  • 77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress; 73% experience psychological symptoms caused by stress
  • 33% feel they are living with extreme stress
  • 48% feel their stress has increased over the past 5 years
  • 76% cited money and work as the leading cause of stress
  • 48% reported lying awake at night due to stress
  • 54% said stress has caused them to fight with people close to them
  • 87% of workers worldwide are “emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive”

Ways to Combat Stress

There’s little question that many people are stressed out daily in their jobs. However, you can take steps to help mitigate the debilitating effects of stress.
Here are few things to think about:
  • Recognize when you don’t have control, and let it go
  • Take control of your own reactions and focus your mind on something that makes you feel calm and in control. This may take some practice, but it pays off in peace of mind
  • Don’t get anxious about situations that you cannot change
  • Develop a vision for healthy living, wellness, and personal growth, and set realistic goals to help you realize your vision
Ways to relax and recharge:
  • Yoga is a Healthy Way to Cope with Stress

    Yoga is a Healthy Way to Cope with Stress

    Take a walk
  • Do Yoga
  • Read a book
  • Go for a run
  • Have a cup of tea
  • Play a sport
  • Meditate
  • Listen to Spa music
  • Spend time with family and/or friends
  • Spend time with pets
For more information on strategies for dealing with stress check out the Federal Occupational Health site and WebMD’s guide for stress management.