This article was originally published in Wave magazine. For more health and wellness articles, please visitwww.wavemag.ca
Do you have a tough time making it through your workday?
Perhaps you are at work right now and trying to decide which task to tackle first: backlogged messages, mounting paperwork, or projects with competing deadlines? Perhaps your workplace feels like a difficult place to be.
If so, you are not alone. A 2010 StatsCan report says 27 per cent of Canadian workers say they are highly stressed, and about 62 per cent say their workplace is the main source of their stress.
There are many causes for workplace stress, and individuals respond to these stresses in many ways. There are, however, some common factors that may contribute to workplace stress. One main factor is the feeling of being overworked that often comes with unmanageable workloads and deadlines, missing breaks, working through lunch, taking work home or staying late without much impact on work output.
It is important to recognize stress is a normal part of everyday life, and can be good when it helps us to focus.
But when stress feels out of control or is interfering with our ability to complete regular daily tasks, it is time to pay attention. It can lead to real and observable physical and emotional tensions that many researchers believe may put us at greater risk of illness, such as heart disease, muscle tension, depression or anxiety problems.
Managing workplace stress may require both an individual response and organizational change.
Here are simple strategies you can try today:
Clearly, workplace stress is a complicated issue, but taking these first steps can help you deal with some of the underlying causes of workplace stress and put you on the road to a happier, healthier life
Healthy Workplaces is a joint effort to share health best practices with Winnipeg's business community.