Sunday, 20 November 2016

High-Stress Jobs may lead to Early Death: Study

Tips for Getting Your Stress under Control for Good

Stress at work warning signs
When you feel overwhelmed at work, you lose confidence and may become angry, irritable, or withdrawn. Other signs and symptoms of excessive stress at work include:  
1.     Feeling anxious, irritable, or depressed
2.     Apathy, loss of interest in work
3.     Problems sleeping
4.     Fatigue
5.     Trouble concentrating
6.     Muscle tension or headaches
7.     Stomach problems
8.     Social withdrawal
9.     Loss of sex drive
           10.    Using alcohol or drugs to cope

Causes of stress

The situations and pressures that cause stress are known as stressors. We usually think of stressors as being negative, such as an exhausting work schedule or a rocky relationship. However, anything that puts high demands on you can be stressful. This includes positive events such as getting married, buying a house, going to college, or receiving a promotion.
Of course, not all stress is caused by external factors. Stress can also be internal or self-generated, when you worry excessively about something that may or may not happen, or have irrational, pessimistic thoughts about life.

Common external causes of stress

1.     Major life changes
2.     Work or school
3.     Relationship difficulties
4.     Financial problems
5.     Being too busy
6.     Children and family

Common internal causes of stress

1.     Chronic worry
2.     Pessimism
3.     Rigid thinking, lack of flexibility
4.     Negative self-talk
5.     Unrealistic expectations/Perfectionism
6.     All-or-nothing attitude

Stress Management: 6 tips for reducing stress
1.     Identify the sources of stress in your life
2.     Learn healthier ways to cope with stress
3.     Get moving
4.     Connect to others
5.     Make time for fun and relaxation
6.     Maintain balance with a healthy lifestyle

Develop a "stress relief toolbox"

Come up with a list of healthy ways to relax and recharge. Try to implement one or more of these ideas each day, even if you're feeling good.
  • Go for a walk
  • Spend time in nature
  • Call a good friend
  • Sweat out tension with a workout
  • Write in your journal
  • Take a long bath
  • Light scented candles
  • Savor a warm cup of coffee or tea
  • Play with a pet
  • Work in your garden
  • Get a massage
  • Curl up with a good book
  • Listen to music
  • Watch a comedy
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