Regardless of how “match made in heaven” you are and your job, stress is inevitable. It only becomes worrisome when it starts to make you feel undervalued, when it isolates you from the people you love, and when it keeps you from doing what you love. How will you know if the stress you’re experiencing at work is no longer normal? Feel free to check out these common work stress signs.
The Common Work Stress Signs that Should Alarm You
1. Frequent headaches
2. Stuttering or stammering
3. Trembling of hands or lips
4. Gritting or grinding teeth
6. Muscle spasms
4. Back pain
5. Neck pain
6. Frequent sweating
7. Dry mouth
8. Hearing buzzing or popping sounds
9. Cold or sweaty hands and feet
10. Rashes or Eczema
11. Unexplained constant allergy attacks
13. Stomach pain and nausea
14. Excessive belching or flatulence
15. Constipation or Diarrhea
16. Difficulty breathing
17. Palpitations and chest pain
18. Incessant urination
19. Anxiety and nervousness
20. Less interest in sexual activity
21. Overeating or under-eating
22. Constant mood swings
23. Excess guilt, anger, and anxiety
24. Insomnia or oversleeping
25. Experiencing recurring nightmares
26. Forgetfulness, confusion, or disorganization
27. Trouble concentrating
28. Having difficulty learning new information
29. Weight gain or weight loss
30. Frequent suicidal thoughts
31. Feelings of worthlessness and loneliness
32. Nervous habits, mannerisms, fidgeting
33. Loss of interest in socializing
34. Overrating over petty annoyances
35. OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
36. Decrease in punctuality
38. Mumbled or rapid speech
39. Increased chances of getting into minor accidents
40. Reduced work quality and productivity
41. Unreasonable defensiveness
42. Extreme frustration and irritability
43. Constant fatigue, weakness, or tiredness
44. Excessive use of over-the-counter drugs
45. Increased in smoking or drug use
46. Alcohol abuse
47. Exaggerated gambling
48. Impulsive buying
49. Frequent mood swings
50. Hair loss
Prevention Is Better Than Cure
Any type of stress can lead to depression. When you start noticing these work stress signs, make an effort to visit your trusted mental health specialist and follow these primary steps to eliminate them:
Act on It Instead of React.
We experience stress when things get out of hand. As a result, it activates our stress hormones and disrupts our concentration and confidence. Indeed, we cannot control a certain situation, but we do have control over our emotions. For instance, if your boss is scolding you, don’t let it lose your cool. Breathe and grip on the things you can control in the situation such as your emotions and thoughts.
Ward off Distractions.
Checking e-mails, deadlines, and reminders in the morning stir up panic. Evidently, you don’t have control over such interruptions, but the best you can do is to deal with the situation. According to a business psychologist and author of Success under Stress, Sharon Melnick, Ph.D., there are three ways to control your response: 1. Accept the situation, 2. Cut it off or diagnose its significance, and 3. Make a plan.
Take Time to Regain Your Energy and Focus.
Some of us believe that we should do all the work first, so we can finally relax at the end of the day. It might be effective, but you’ll only likely to end up more stressed, unmotivated, and tired. Don’t use up all your energy in one sitting at work; distribute them to give your mind some mini breaks and to regain your focus in between tasks.
One of the greatest causes of work stress is forgetting to look at the positive things. You may seem to have a bad day, but there’s always something good in everything. Write down even the simplest situation you’re grateful for so you can remind yourself of the bright side.
Hang out with Positive People.
Surround yourself with positive people at work. Most of them might have been through and have overcome your situation before and would be of great company to help you cope with job stress. They don’t only give you awesome Friday nights and happy hours, but also intense social support—which you needed the most.
Remind Yourself of What You Loved about Your Job.
Are you starting to question your purpose in your job? When things get unsure, always look back to why you started. Reconnect with your job through reminding yourself of your strengths and how you’re helping your team. You can ask yourself questions such as, “What do I love about my job?”, “How did I help my team with it?”, or “Why did I start here?”
Take Care of Yourself.
Don’t deprive yourself of sleep and healthy meals. How you treat yourself reflects the way you respond to stress. Limit yourself from using your smartphone at night before going to bed and pick healthy food choices from now on. You might want to calm yourself by trying a few breathing techniques like this from Dr. Melnick: “Cover your right nostril and breathe through your left for three to five minutes.”
Easier Said Than Done
Yes, dealing with stress is not as easy as 123. Some of you might even claim that these steps do not work. However, we still encourage you to take these small ways to overcome the aforementioned work stress signs. We believe that the best person who can look after you is yourself. You can do it!
Sources: Psych Central, United Remedies, Forbes