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Coping with Stress at Work

Regardless of what field your career may be in, at one point or another everyone has felt the pressure of work-related stress. Even if you love what you do, any job can have stressful aspects. In the short-term, stress may be caused by a deadline that must be met, or a demanding project. However, when work-related stress becomes part of a daily routine, it can be extremely overwhelming and very harmful to our physical and emotional well being. Although work-related stress is very harmful to our health, it is very common to experience it in today’s day and age. According to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) annual Stress in America Survey, during the year 2012, 65% of Americans cited work as their top source of stress. Only 37% of Americans surveyed said they were doing an “excellent” or “very good job” managing their stress. Below you will find some common sources of work-related stress, the negative effects work-related stress may cause & various steps one can take to manage their work-related stress: Common Sources of Work Stress Low salaries Exorbitant workloads Insufficient opportunities for growth/advancement Work that isn’t engaging/challenging Lack of social support Not have enough control over work-related decisions Conflicting demands/unclear expectations Negative Effects of Uncontrolled Work Stress When stress persists, it can take a toll on our health & well-being. Short term, a stressful work environment may cause various problems such as headaches, stomachaches, disturbances while sleeping, short temper & difficulty concentrating. Chronic stress can result in anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, weakened immune system, depression, obesity & heart disease. Taking Steps to Manage Work Stress Track...