Stress in the Workplace

Ok, today is for the Moms and Dads of our Workplaces – The Managers – the Megahumans.

You know that little voice in your head that says your job is killing you?

It might be right: New research has found that workplace stress can be as toxic to your body as second-hand smoke. Studies have found many health problems related to stress. Stress seems to worsen or increase the risk of conditions like obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, depression, gastrointestinal problems, and asthma.

Before you get too stressed out about being stressed out, there is some good news. Following some simple stress relief tips could both lower your stress and lower your health risks.

Steps you can take to manage stress.

In addition to workplace modifications, NIOSH recommends workers try to better manage their job stress levels by taking the following actions:

Develop a strong social support system in the workplace. (If this is with your coffee mug or with a favourite radio station – put something positive into your day – every day!)

Take a break to avoid “burnout.” (You are allowed to park that email or leave the phone for one minute to listen to your kids or wife)

Even something as brief as a walk around the block can help clear your head and distance you from stressors, enabling you to return to the job with a fresh outlook.

Set realistic expectations for the amount of work you can complete in the time you have available. (Yes – you are great, that is why you are where you are – now be great at balance ok?)

Do not attempt to take on more than you can reasonably handle. (Umm.)

Recognize you are not perfect and every minor detail in your work will not be perfect either. (You are human afterall)

Try to remain organized and keep your work area free of clutter, which can add to stress.

Avoid negativity and negative people and try to maintain a positive attitude about your work and your co-workers.

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