Your job used to be challenging but manageable. Now it seems no matter how fast you run, you can't keep up. Your inbox is piling up, and your boss is on your back.
This scenario is all too common, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). In national surveys:
Even if you love your job, long-term stress can grind you down.
Stress is a necessary survival response that draws upon instinct, hormones and muscle. Indeed, our distant ancestors' "fight or flight" response to stress allowed the human race to survive in a hostile environment.
These days we don't need to outrun predators. Yet we still have the same quickened heartbeat and surging stress hormones when faced with a stressful situation. Those biological responses are lifesaving when we're in danger, but they can damage our health if they become a way of life.
A small dose of stress can be helpful. It may help you meet a deadline or score high on a presentation. But if stress becomes a daily reality, it can lead to poor health, causing headaches, upset stomach and poor sleep. Over time it may lead to chronic health problems such as depression, back pain and heart disease.
Certain factors are well-known causes of stress in the workplace. These include:
Are any of these at the bottom of your stress? Are there other factors that play a role? Pinpointing the causes of stress can help you find solutions.
If work stress is getting you down:
Source: By Lila Havens, Staff Writer, myOptumHealth