According to the World Health Organization, workplace stress is the response people have when they face pressures that may not be matched with their level of knowledge or abilities, impacting the way they cope.
Whilst it’s definite that we all might face challenges in the workplace, pressure can stem from unavoidable demands in the work environment. When those bigger issues become more of a daily pressure, they begin to gain weight and become excessive – this is when stress occurs.
Many different factors, which can be within or out of our control, in the workplace which can lead to stress are –
Stress can manifest itself in a wide variety of ways. It can appear in four areas of our health: physical, emotional, behavioural, and relational.
Physical signs of stress can include –
Stress has the ability to impact mental health in our day-to-day with our emotions. It can make us irritable, restless, and anxious.
These physical symptoms and feelings often spill over into our behaviours, causing lack of sleep, overeating or undereating, and anger issues. It can also impact not just us, but our relationships – it can cause us to push people away, choosing to isolate and avoiding communication.
Studies on stress have concluded that women are more stressed-out than men.
Practicing self-care at work can allow us to manage our stress, boosting productivity and enthusiasm.
It is important to recognise that although you are an employee, you are a human first. Prioritising yourself and your needs can leave you feeling more satisfied at the end of your workday.
Looking after yourself, both mentally and physically, has been proven to reduce feelings of anxiety, stress, and depression.
While stress can hinder our abilities within the workplace, there are tips and tricks to help you manage your stress!