Warning Signs of Business Stress

We all get stressed out at work occasionally, but how do we know if it’s just pressure from a looming deadline or a more serious problem? Business stress is a common ailment in our society. We have tons of conveniences that help us do work faster, but somehow, this just translates into us having more work to do. It’s important to know how to tell if you have a problem and even more important to know what to do about it.

The first indicator of too much stress at work is an extreme dissatisfaction with your job. Sure, most people aren’t truly happy with what they’re doing, but true job dissatisfaction ekes into other areas of your life. If you find you’re miserable when you’re at work and only dread going to work rather than enjoying your time off, you need to make some changes.

Stress at work can also cause physical symptoms. These include:

* Headache

* Muscle aches

* Contracting contagious illnesses more frequently

* Difficulty sleeping, whether you can’t go to sleep because you’re angry or worrying about work, or you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back to sleep because of a work-related problem

A combination of stress and these added physical problems can contribute to mental and emotional symptoms as well. If you are overstressed at work, you may find you have difficulty concentrating and finishing tasks, or find it more difficult to control your emotions. You may also find yourself having regular anger outbursts.

If you have some or most of these problems, there’s a good chance you already know. There’s also a good chance your boss and co-workers already know as well. That’s because your work performance is probably suffering, whether it’s because of the physical and mental side effects, or just because you don’t want to be there.

So what? Who cares if you’re getting stressed out at work? Just take a vacation and you’ll be fine, right? The problem is, stress at work can overtake your life. It can endanger not only your career, but also your personal life, and most of all your health. Many people have heard by now that stress can increase your chances of serious illnesses like heart disease, but the secondary effects can be just as damaging as well.

If you find your job is making you stressed out you need to take quick action. Not only will it make you feel better and improve your health, it will also help increase your performance at work. Here are a few ways to help ease your stress:

* Address problems with your co-workers. This may mean working out differences or just establishing a privacy policy when your door is closed.

* Address job-related problems with your boss. If your problems have to do with your job duties rather than the people in your office, ask your boss if you can have a one-on-one chat. You may find your boss will gladly make some changes in order to get your productivity back up.

* Relax. Take small steps in your down time to reduce your stress level. This could include regular exercise, meditation, warm baths, aromatherapy, massage, or any other of a wide variety of methods.

* Find a new job. If all else fails and you’re still stressed out, you might want to consider looking around for something else. While it may add stress for a while, it will pay off in the long run.