Work related stress is quite simply a form of stress caused by things that happen at work. Challenge is a normal part of having a job, and most people enjoy it to a certain extent. However, when those challenges override the ability to cope, the body and mind can begin to suffer. While stress is a natural and useful human response, in excess it can be very unhealthy and cause all sorts of havoc across the body, including headaches, high blood pressure and depression.
All forms of work can be stressful, regardless of a person’s salary, industry, or position. When work starts to get too much, you might start to experience physical and psychological symptoms. It’s important to listen to your body so you can get help when you need it. Ignoring your body’s messages will only make you ill while exacerbating your work problems.
You may notice changes in your sleeping patterns and behaviours. You might have started to over eat or not eat at all. You may be smoking or drinking more to relax or manage your feelings. Friends or family may have noticed mood swings with you becoming angry or stressed for no apparent reason.
Are dreading going to work? Perhaps you wonder if you are good enough? Are you overly sensitive, tearful or aggressive? Do you feel lonely or alone. Have you lost you motivation, passion or enthusiasm?
Physically you might experience aches and pains, feeling sick or dizzy, lack of sex drive, chest pains, generally feeling ‘unwell’. Sometimes our bodies know us more than we do. You might dismiss stress as a passing phase, but even short periods of stress can have negative effects on the body.