Posted by gobeyond77
July 20, 10
Do you ever feel so stressed that you want to leave your job? Anxiety at work is on the rise.. learn how to recognise and combat it.Work
Did you know, work-related stress accounts for more days off than any other affliction? Scary, but true. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (2001) reports that 1 in 3 adults suffer from severe, ongoing stress, which represents a 40 per cent increase since 1997.
It’s not just wellbeing that suffers either. Over $200 million per year is spent on workers compensation claims for stress-related conditions, reflecting a significant decrease in overall productivity. Common complaints include depression, cardiovascular illness and workplace accidents.
The only positive to come from this massive increase is awareness. Employers are now taking responsibility for the wellbeing of staff and instituting prevention measures. But we still have a long way to go, so it’s important to recognise the signs of stress and take charge of your recovery.
What are the main causes of workplace stress?
Anxiety is different for everyone. While some of us thrive on strict deadlines and need regular meetings, others find them intensely stressful. An important point to bear in mind is that stress in small quantities is healthy – it motivates us and increases our performance.
However, when feeling stressed leads to wanting to leave your job, feelings of worthlessness, social isolation, low self-esteem, insomnia, chest pains, weigh loss/gain. It’s probably time you did something about it.
Unfortunately, like many other psychological conditions, there’s a stigma associated with workplace-stress, causing many to suffer in silence. According to a 2000 study, less than half the people who approached GP’s with work-related stress illnesses sought compensation (University of Sydney and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare). There are thousands of others who don’t seek medical help and therefore don’t get counted as statistics.
So my point to you is that if you are feeling stressed, you’re not alone. You’re not weak. You can do things to improve how you feel.
If you are feeling stressed, consider taking the following approaches:
1. Visit your GP
Sydney-based GP Dr Bruce Solomon from Rose Bay Medical Clinic, says there are a few natural remedies for stress. He recommends meditation, moderate exercise, fresh food and confiding in a friend or professional. Dr Solomon tells the story of John and David, who were cutting down a tree. While John was sawing constantly, David took regular breaks. Much to John’s surprise and dismay, David’s half fell first. When John asked why this was so, David told him he wasn’t stopping, merely sharpening his saw. We all need a few hours each day to “sharpen our saw”, so take time out and return to work refreshed.
2.Visit a Psychologist
The way that we think directly influences how we feel. By spending time with a psychologist to start thinking about our thinking we can find better for effective ways of thinking and reduce the feelings of stress.
3. Escape the office at lunch time
Staying in a confined space all day can cause stress to compound. Go out for lunch, or go for a walk – even if it’s for 10 minutes. Taking a break will not only decrease your stress but increase your productivity..
4. Prepare healthy meals / drink plenty of water
You’ll be better equipped to cope with stress if you’re receiving enough vitamins and minerals. This means including all food groups in your diet. Do a big shop at the start of the week and plan your meals ahead. Also keep a water bottle with you and refill.
I know finding the motivation to exercise can be hard. But, when you’re feeling stressed, doing exercise is one of the best things for you. Get up early, go for run, or a brisk walk and you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel as a result.
6. Remember what motivates you
Some of us are inspired by words, famous speeches, or our next holiday. Keep reminders nearby and focus on them when you’re starting to feel frazzled. Mentally escaping, even briefly, can calm your mind significantly and give you hope.