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Work Related Stress

By the term work related stress we mean the process that arises where work demands of various types and combinations exceed the person’s capacity and capability to cope. It is a significant cause of illness and disease and is known to be linked with high levels of sickness absence, staff turnover and other indicators of organisational underperformance – including human error.

Stress can be an unnoticed and gradual build up of the many pressures experienced in work, at home and in everyday life. Most people are able to cope with the big issues in life and can find them exciting but for some they are too demanding or combined with everything else going on, they can become overwhelming, resulting in stress.

Stress effects people in different ways that can either be dealt with or if not spotted or understood, or adequately tackled lead to more problems both physical and mental.

If you think you have a problem it is always advisable to seek the professional help.

Definition – What is stress?

“The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them”

Stress is not an illness but if it becomes excessive and/or prolonged, mental and physical illness may develop.

Work is generally good for people if it is well designed, but it can also be a great source of pressure. Pressure can be positive and a motivating factor, it can help us achieve our goals and perform better. Stress is a natural reaction when this pressure becomes excessive.

Are you stressed?

Stress produces a range of signs and symptoms, the following is not an exhaustive list of the symptoms of stress but if you feel that your attitudes or behaviour is changing due a situation at work or home, these may indicate stress and a need to seek further advice from your GP or  Counsellor..

Anyone can suffer from work related stress, no matter what work they do.

Behaviour you may:

  • find it hard to sleep;
  • change your eating habits;
  • smoke or drink more;
  • avoid friends and family; or
  • have sexual problems.

Mentally you may:

  • be more indecisive;
  • find it hard to concentrate;
  • suffer loss of memory;
  • feelings of inadequacy; or
  • low self esteem.

Stress can be tackled when people understand how and why it occurs and where there is a real determination to take positive action. It is important to take action and to review your lifestyle to see if you can identify any contributing factors.

  • eating on the run, or in a disorganised manner
  • smoking, or drinking excessively
  • rushing, hurrying, being available to everyone
  • doing several jobs at once
  • missing breaks, taking work home with you
  • having no time for exercise and relaxation.
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