Workplace stress: causes, effects, and solutions

Stay healthy | 2018

Workplace stress is a widespread factor and cause for many diseases often encountered among employees who use their healthcare insurance to make an appointment to the doctor. The data shows that on average one person has to juggle with 30 to 100 projects at the same time, being distracted up to 2.1 hours at work and interrupted from work at least 7 times per hour. Moreover, 4 out of 10 employees from multinationals face a major corporate restructuring threat, which raises the level of professional uncertainty. Thus, work becomes a minefield, and these are just a few reasons why about 40% of adults suffer from sleep deprivation.

Understanding your own stress

The first step in avoiding stress-related illness is to understand the causes. Reducing workplace stress is a challenging task, therefore it is essential to understand the factors, the mental and physical responses and to apply methods to reduce the triggering factors. The most common sources of stress are:

  • Low wages
  • Excessive build-up of work-related tasks
  • Few opportunities to advance
  • Inflexible organizational culture
  • Lack of management support
  • Tight deadlines
  • Conflicts with other colleagues or superiors
  • Unclear performance requirements

Identifying stress factors and understanding the reasons behind the effects is the first step in reducing stress. Once identified, you can find solutions for optimal stress management:

  1. Choose the action at the expense of the reaction
  2. Control your breathing whenever you feel overwhelmed by a situation
  3. Assign 50 minutes per task and eliminate interruptions
  4. Create a day's planning and implement it
  5. Avoid conflict situations
  6. Prioritize tasks
  7. Allow yourself 10 minutes of rest after an intense work of no more than an hour
  8. Practice relaxing activities outside the office
  9. Do not skip the 3 meals of the day and take a walk whenever possible
  10. Talk about your work problems

The lack of sleep and of a clear and diversified food program, daily concerns and agitation, these are often factors that many employees ignore. By consequence, when turning to private medical insurance for complex investigations and treatments, they find out that diseases could have been prevented by adopting a balanced lifestyle.  Health is a priority, even when you have private health insurance, which is why you should avoid stress at work and in your personal life.

 

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