One to the most stressful environments we need to navigate is also one we spend the most time in, the workplace. Learning to manage stress anxiety on the job is not only for our mental health, it is also a matter of staying alive.
Workplace Stress Anxiety Statistics
20% of American Workers are at high risk of developing serious health problems due to stress anxiety symptoms.
43% of the working population will suffer from stress related illness, and stress anxiety is responsible for causing half of all cases of job burnout, and 40% turnover in the workplace.
80% of all workers acknowledge feeling stress anxiety on the job, and nearly half of that number feels they are unable to cope with their stress anxiety on their own.
These are sobering statistics, but the one that is not listed here is that stress and anxiety both contribute to chronic inflammation, a disease with significant links to heart disease which is one of the leading cases of death nationally every year.
What You Can Do to Manage Chronic Stress Anxiety at Work
Avoid situations where coworkers play politics as much as possible. Having strong opinions will usually lead to confrontations that encourage stressful situations, workplace bullying, and harassment. Whenever possible fly below the radar.
Mange your time well to avoid rushed deadlines with projects. Staying ahead of pressing deadlines will help to keep you out of pressure filled situations as much as possible.
Be certain your job responsibilities are well defined and in writing. A good understanding of your duties will help to keep you from getting extra assignments passed your way on short notice in addition to your regular work load.
Schedule your vacation time evenly throughout the year whenever possible. If you are lucky enough to have 3 weeks of vacation a year, try to schedule a week off every 4 months.
Keep a good balance between work life and home life. One should not intrude on the other and both should be balanced in the amount of time and energy you invest into them.
Take time out for yourself every week. We all need time to recharge, and what we do in our leisure time has a beneficial effect on how react in the work place.
Coping with workplace stress and stress anxiety is of serious importance to both your physical and mental health. Prolonged periods of stress anxiety symptoms put you at risk for depression, panic attacks and major health problems.