How to combat and reduce work stress

When one arrives to work after an intense and exhausting day of work and opens the door of his house and his wife asks him how it has happened, one usually says I am burned.

If that answer is repeated every day and as a consequence that person is affected so much in their self-esteem and it also translates into physical exhaustion, we are talking about the so-called Burnout syndrome (Burned in English). It is, in fact, a syndrome that can simply be translated as the Burned worker syndrome, which in fact would give rise to discover basically what it is.

This syndrome appears as a consequence of chronic occupational stress and presents with a marked low individual self-esteem that affects as an immediate consequence the social and family relationships of the person in question.

This syndrome affects mainly employees or professionals who work directly in attention to the public, what is called in line of fire marketing and affects from either doctors, nurses, social workers, teachers, door-to-door salesmen, pollsters, collection officers, and so on.

Below we will detail some symptoms suffered by people who are suffering the symptoms of burning. They can be:

  • He crawls to go to work
  • He has become irritable with customers
  • He feels disillusioned with his achievements at work
  • You are consuming too much alcohol and food
  • Your sleep habits have changed
  • He has headaches, back pain or other pain that he did not suffer before.

And what are the consequences of work stress on health?

In short, it is true that any type of stress, whatever the field, causes certain symptoms that ultimately result in negative consequences on our health.

In these cases, and depending on whether the stress is chronic or not (and extends over time), or if it only lasts a very short time (for example, the usual and normal stress that appears when we face everyday problems such as an exam or an extraordinary work task), its consequences may be greater or lesser.

These symptoms have direct consequences on health manifested through diseases such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Cardiovascular deterioration
  • Obesity
  • Weightloss
  • Migraines
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Allergies, etc.

What are the ways to detect and overcome this syndrome? The first thing you should do is find out what the problem is. Once detected you must attack it by the root.

The second step is to talk with your boss to raise your problem and analyze ways of immediate and effective solution.

The next step is to improve the attitude with your co-workers leaving aside the cynical side. Spend time away from the office doing activities, such as hobbies, that fill you and satisfy you inwardly.

Another important and fundamental point is to seek support from your friends and family and as part of this improvement plan look for a professional that will help you to get out of this negative path and take you to a positive and revitalizing path.

Installed in this fifth step, to put it in some way, you can already evaluate in a more intelligent and reasonable way what are the possible ways to move forward. It is time to evaluate if you need to opt for an alternative, less demanding job that meets the needs of your individual and personal values.

As a last advice we recommend you to do physical activity. This can be from walking, running or riding a bicycle. They have to be activities that help you to disconnect from work that is a kind of ground wire and help you focus on what you need.

The most important thing then and the way of the solution is to try to get out of the path and see a bit more on the side of the road what you really need to be and try to be happy. This article is published for informational purposes only. It can not and should not replace the consultation with a Psychologist. We advise you to consult your trusted Psychologist. ThemesStress

How to Reduce Stress in the Workplace (July 2021)