Go away bad stress
Nearly every fourth employee suffers from stress. According to studies, 50-60 percent of all lost work days are related to stress.
Stress is more or less part of life. Short-term stress encourages you to try and attain set goals. Long-term stress consumes the individual’s resources and it may lead to exhaustion and burnout.
Bad stress makes your life a rat race
People’s reactions to prolonged or strong stress are negative – constant fatigue, nervousness, concern, irritation, anxiety and fear. When negative reactions increase, positive thoughts gradually fade away and give way to worries.
When stress prolongs, thoughts start to go around in circles, the ability to focus seems to diminish and finally disappear. It is difficult to see the whole and details gain more meaning. There is nothing but here and now, right away and all. You keep jumping from one thing to another without a goal or logic.
The symptoms of harmful stress depend on the individual. They may manifest as:
- tension, anxiety, short temper
- sleeping disorders
- neglecting your own health and hobbies
- reduced exercise
- increased alcohol use
- mood changes, lack of vision, lack of motivation
When there is too much pressure
You experience more tress and the risk for exhaustion increases if your own personal characteristics, skills and expectations are in conflict with your work requirements. Working may be particularly burdening if you feel like you do not have the time, skill or you are not allowed to perform your work the way that would be best in terms of yourself and your skills.
You recognise the signs of excessive work stress from these symptoms:
- Changes in mood and behaviour, such as problems with colleagues, irritation, indecision or problems related to work performance
- The feeling that you cannot manage or are not able to control your life
- Increased alcohol use, smoking, or using illegal drugs
- Health problems, such as repetitive headaches, sleeping problems and indigestion problems.
Look for ways to help yourself
Too much stress and exhaustion can be prevented. You can also bounce back from exhaustion. This requires new arrangements, time and rest.
If your own stress management methods are not sufficient, you should seek help with those close to you or healthcare professionals.
Fight against stress
- Listen to yourself, your body and your feelings. Pamper yourself.
- Do not isolate yourself from the people close to you with the pretext of being busy at work.
- Stop being overly conscientious and learn to say no.
- Learn to detach and let go, ask for help.
- Look after your physical fitness.
- Develop your skills. Learn to delegate your tasks to others.
- Reduce unnecessary worrying and try humour.
- Aim for moderation.
- Do not try to drown your problems in alcohol, it may drown you.
- Assess yourself, think about what you want in terms of your work and private life. Make a change when necessary.