Does your job stress you out? Is your boss always down your back? Are your co-workers constantly causing confusion? Well you are not alone. Stress on the job is very common. There are so many different personalities and job roles with work deadlines that some people do not know how to handle all of the pressure. Numerous studies show that stress on the job is the leading cause of stress amongst Americans. Medical journals and organizations cite stress as the cause of 60-90% of all illness, with job stresses a major contributor. Up to 75% of Americans say their jobs are very stressful, and 65% of are taking steps to control stress in their lives.[i] According to an Integra Study,
•65% of workers said that workplace stress had caused difficulties and more than 10 percent described these as having major effects;
•10% said they work in an atmosphere where physical violence has occurred because of job stress and in this group, 42% report that yelling and other verbal abuse is common;
•29% had yelled at co-workers because of workplace stress, 14% said they work where machinery or equipment has been damaged because of workplace rage and 2% admitted that they had actually personally struck someone;
•19% or almost one in five respondents had quit a previous position because of job stress and nearly one in four have been driven to tears because of workplace stress;
•62% routinely find that they end the day with work-related neck pain, 44% reported stressed-out eyes, 38% complained of hurting hands and 34% reported difficulty in sleeping because they were too stressed-out;
•12% had called in sick because of job stress;
•Over half said they often spend 12-hour days on work related duties and an equal number frequently skip lunch because of the stress of job demand[ii]
If you have experienced any of the above actions, you may have experienced stress on the job. Lucky for us there are ways to channel that stressful energy and turn your work environment attitude into a positive one. Follow these few tips to help ease the stress:
Tip 1: Take a walk: When things get rough on the job, try taking a walk away from the situation. Go into the hallway or if you can go outside, get some fresh air for a few minutes.
Tip 2: Post positive inspirational notes: In your office or cubical hang up positive quotes, scriptures, and sayings and read them frequently throughout the day.
Tip 3: Laugh: Sometimes laughing at the situation can bring the stress level down. There are some things you just have to laugh and let it go
Tip 4: Breathe: Take several deep breathes, inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth.
Tip 5: Turn on some music: Turn on some soothing music to change the mode, try some soft jazz to ease the tense atmosphere.
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