Dread getting out of bed in the morning to get ready for work? White knuckle the steering wheel on your drive in? Consume too much caffeine or sugary snacks to get through meetings or the afternoon? You just might be experiencing significant workplace stress.
Today, I have a guest post featured on HealthierLivingIdeas.com. Below is a snippet, but please click on over to read the whole post on what causes significant workplace stress.
Stress shows up as tense muscles, especially in the neck and shoulders. It causes headaches and clenched jaws. You may experience heartburn and digestive issues. Stress can cause chest pains, a rapid heart rate or palpitations.
Sleep is often lost, energy levels are erratic, and sex drives are diminished from stress. Depression, anxiety, irritability, and anger are not uncommon symptoms. Food is both a treat and a vice often resulting in weight gain.
Stress and our inability to adequately cope with it often leads to a whole host of chronic health issues.
Stress Is All Too Common
Information resourced from the Statistic Brain Research Institute, and the American Institute of Stress show the following stress statistics.
Top Causes of Stress in the U.S.
- Job Pressures – Work overload, bosses, tension among co-workers
- Money – Loss of job, reduced retirement income, medical expenses
- Health – Health crisis, terminal or chronic illness
- Relationships – Divorce, death of a spouse or immediate family member, arguments with family or friends, loneliness
- Poor Nutrition – Improper nutrition, caffeine, processed foods, refined sugar
- Media Overload – television, radio, the internet, email, social media, marketing
- Sleep Deprivation – Inability to release adrenaline and other stress hormones
U.S. Stress Statistics
- Nearly 80% of people experience some form of physical symptoms and 73% experiencing psychological symptoms as a result of stress
- 76% cite money and work as the leading causes of stress
- Almost half (48%) report lying awake at night due to stress
Stress Impact Statistics
- 48% say stress has negatively affected their personal and professional life
- One-third claim their jobs interfere with their family or personal time causing a significant source of stress
- More than half claim stress causes them to fight with people close to them
- 30% say they are “always” or “often suffering from workplace stress, and 31% of employed adults claim they have difficulty managing their work and family responsibilities
Not surprisingly, job pressures and money top the list of causes of stress. Which results in… please click to continue reading and then return here to share your thoughts and comments below.