Avoiding Stress Overload

Avoiding Stress OverloadIf you experience an overload of stress in the workplace you could be heading towards burnout which can be a dangerous stage to reach.

Lots of people suffer from stress due to the endless pressure that we put on ourselves and eventually high levels of stress will damage both our health and wellbeing.

As we become stressed hormones that activate the adrenal glands are released and the output of adrenaline into our bloodstream is increased. As we become more worked up there is no outlet that allows release from this stress and we are constantly tense. This leads to emotional and physical illness including depression, anxiety, sleep deprivation and irritability.

Some common causes of stress include:

  • Workplace relationship difficulties. Personal clashes and harassment, bullying, injustice and group pressure are causes of workplace stress.

  • Unemployment. Loss of self respect and being anxious about the future.

  • Low self esteem. Lack of support, anger, jealousy, powerless, undervalued.

  • Bad environment. Pollution, noise and bad working conditions.

  • Workplace frustration. Overloaded at work, not receiving a deserved promotion, injustice.

  • Lack of time. Rushing from one job to another, not meeting deadlines.

  • Private relationship difficulties. Problems within a relationship, children, family conflicts.

Some ways to eliminate the causes and effects of stress include:

  • Learn to say no. Say no to anything that increases your workload – and increases your stress, whether it be private or public.

  • Learn some relaxation techniques. Take up yoga or pilates or learn some relaxation techniques which can help you cope in a stressful situation.

  • Diet and exercise. Make sure you have a healthy, well balanced diet and partake in regular exercise.

  • Stop feeling guilty. Stop worrying about what you should or should not have done – you can only do so much and to overextend yourself will lead to a stressful situation.

  • Use time management. Time management is an important tool in avoiding stress. Plan your days and weeks in advance so that you are clear on what you are doing. Isolate any events which are time wasters and eliminate them. Stop procrastinating over the tasks that aren’t enjoyable and do them. Having unpleasant tasks building up will lead to a lot of stress.

  • Support network. Surround yourself with a support network of people who you can share your problems and offer practical help.

  • Attitude change. Take responsibility for your actions but don’t accept responsibility for things which are not your problem. If someone offloads at you for no justifiable reason it is their problem - not yours.

  • Humour. Laugh. Laughter is the best medicine.

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