Stress at Work and its Impact on Mental Health
Because most jobs have varying degrees of pressure that are beyond our control, stress at work is a major risk factor for depression and anxiety. Because the modern world is full of deadlines, some work stress can leak out and affect coworkers (Clark, 2017).
Symptoms of Workplace Stress
Insomnia, hypertension, and headaches are some of the symptoms of workplace stress. Working-place stress can put people's health and careers in jeopardy. According to a Gallup Organization study of 1000 working people, 16.7% of them had stress that interfered with their ability to perform at work (Cohen, 1997). In addition, the survey conducted by the Training and Development illustrated that trainers get depressed due to lack of cash, assist at work and time.
Managing Workplace Stress
Despite the challenges, causes, and prevalence of workplace stress, a person can manage the condition by various means.
Taming Information Overload
The data on the media and publish may devastate even the hardened information. However, one can avoid the stress by blocking the emails and setting the private messages boxes for relatives and associates. Besides, you have to keep track of time by staying focused on the duties and limiting the web search before going online (Cohen, 1997). Also, print the content found on the internet so that to collect more information hence avoiding stress. Having private conversations with family members and business partners ensures that the home issues and workplace concerns are not mixed. Managing time properly help to avoid job overload and pressure that usually arise when the deadline for submitting particular report or work is near. The limitation of unnecessary use of web searching and surfing prevents time wasting and makes the worker stay focused on the job activities (Cohen, 1997).
Simplify Daily Routines
Some of the small annoyances and time wasters can increase the stress level in the workplace. However, a person can reduce anxieties by handling paperwork where he should file memos, reply to faxes instantly and going through articles. Moreover, making a single file by compiling daily plans would decrease depression since each action or activity will be scheduled (Cohen, 1997). The tickets, bills, and invitations must be put into the page illustrating the day when they need to be attended or paid. Further, the job setting stress can be avoided by discovering the prime time which is the period when a person is more active. A person should work when active and take a rest when feeling depressed (Cohen, 1997).
People working in the office should not print any work unless it is necessary because various documents can be stored as soft copies on the computer. To avoid tiredness and increased workload, workers must communicate via the telephone call or send emails rather than letters (Cohen, 1997). Furthermore, appropriate planning utilizing the outlines may help to make the work concise due to the avoidance of unwanted data or work. All the reports must be written at the right time so that to avoid the piling of work that needs to be completed during the final days of submission. All types of new information or tasks must be addressed instantly so that to avoid delays.
Flex and Stretch
The body exercises should be included on the workday which comprises of walking around the parking during the break, putting exercising machines such as treadmill in the break room and taking part in other activities that remove boredom. Furthermore, stress can be decreased by taking part in kids' activities such as dancing which help because it reducing weekly pressure (Baumgartner, DiCarlo, & Carson, 2013). Additionally, the physical actions may be included in the work process that can be structured in a way to aim at movements during the break times so that to disturb the office monotony.
Engage the Mind
The mind engagement process when reducing job place anxiety entails identifying the origin of stress and creating the action plan. The times of high stress should be recorded so that the recognize situations surrounding the worrying events. Also, the process of writing down and identifying stressors is the initial phase in functioning toward solutions and can adjust personal understanding of the condition (Baumgartner et al., 2013). After recognizing the sources of stress, one should seek support from coworkers and supervisor to assist eliminate or minimize the problem. The next step is addressing predicaments associated with work events by suggesting the alternatives. Further, the place of work events such as early or late meetings can be addressed by suggesting an alternative solution rather than complaining. Networking with other experts so that to grow professionally. Participating in the specialist's groups and creating the online platform for workers can help in discussing various issues that arise in the workplace and the probable solutions (Baumgartner et al., 2013). The contentment in the job place can be attained by sharing workforce development resources including journals, newsletters, books, seeking training as well as motivating workmates to attend the societal meetings.
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Clark, D. (2017). 3 small things every person can do to reduce stress in their office. Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation, 1(1), 1-4.
Cohen, S. (1997). De-stress for success. Training and Development, 51(11), 76-80.