Stress is something that most of us can’t escape from especially at the workplace which is why management of it is key.
It isn’t work if there’s no stress and we’re all guilty of shouldering the stress and soldiering on. However, this stress won’t go away on its own and it will only keep mounting until something happens. In addition to work-related stress, other things in the background such as your personal life could increase the amount of stress you’re under.
All of us deal with stress differently. For some, their threshold is much higher than others so they can still work optimally under duress but for others, they may not be as well-adjusted and their work and personal life could suffer.
Physical manifestations of stress include feeling tired, frequent headaches, tummy troubles, tense muscles, increased heart rate, insomnia, low immune system, clenched jaw and loss of sexual desire. Being stressed could also trigger behavioural symptoms such as having either no appetite or binge eating, procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities, nervous behaviour like nail biting, fidgeting and pacing and abusing alcohol and/or cigarettes.
Stress can definitely negatively influence your cognition where you feel constantly worried, you’re forgetful, unable to focus, pessimistic and have poor judgement. Additionally, for some, stress could cause them to feel easily irritated, frustrated and moody, overwhelmed like they’re losing control of their lives, have difficulty relaxing with a buzzing mind, low self-esteem and avoiding contact with others.
These symptoms don’t seem like they could be more than just a nuisance but long-term stress can cause or make health problems more serious. Problems such as cardiovascular disease which includes high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart attacks and stroke could occur. Skin and hair problems like acne, eczema, psoriasis and permanent hair loss along with gastrointestinal problems like ulcerative colitis and irritable colon are also possible symptoms.
The very first thing you need to do is to accept that there are things that are out of your control. In addition to that, keep a positive attitude by giving yourself positive messages. Instead of thinking, “Nothing ever goes the way I want it to”, try “I’m doing my best” or “I will ask for help”.
Most importantly, if you feel like you’re spiralling out of control, do confide in someone you trust such as a friend or family member. There’s no harm in seeing a mental health professional to help you deal with your stress.