We generally use the word “stress” when we feel that everything seems to have become too much – we are overloaded and wonder whether we really can cope with the pressures placed upon us.
These days lot of diseases are said to have their origin in the stressful experiences that an individual goes through at the work place
Pressure at the workplace is unavoidable due to the demands of the contemporary work environment.
When pressure is perceived as acceptable by an individual, it may keep him motivated, able to work and learn.
However, when that pressure becomes excessive or otherwise unmanageable it leads to stress.
Stress can damage an employees’ health and the business performance.
Work-related stress can be caused by poor work organisation (the way we design jobs and work systems, and the way we manage them), by poor work design (for example, lack of control over work processes), poor management, unsatisfactory working conditions, and lack of support from colleagues and supervisors.
But the most important of all is our working habits, and what we do on a daily basis.
The aim of this article is to understand the things we so on aday-to-day basis that can affect our health adversely and how we can tackle them to make life less stressful.
Working without a break –
There is an English proverb “All work and no play make jack a dull boy.”Working all the time without a break will make you a star employee, but in the long run it will hurt you.
When you reach the office the first thing that most of us do is to hit the computer and start working immediately, it would be ideal that you spend a few moments, gather your thoughts look at your to do list, and see what all you can complete during the day.
Staring at the computer, using the mouse and keyboard for long term, can put stress on your eyes and neck.
Sitting for a long time is known to increase the chances of an heart attack and diabetes, on the other hand standing for a long time will lead to backache, fatigue, leg cramps, varicose veins.
It is best to take breaks every one hour and stretch for a while or walk to your colleague to hand over a file.
One can learn and practice chair yoga with the help of an office chair.
Do a neck roll to release those neck muscles, or a Seated forward bend, or seated spinal twist to release the back muscles. Walk to the water fountain rather than keeping a bottle filled at your desk.
The worst thing to have in your office is those coffee wending machines, avoid them increased intake of coffee will have a direct effect on your hormonal levels and is known as a major cause of infertility.
Research shows thatpeople who work for more than 50 hours a week without a break, tend to skip meals as they have no time. Eventually this affects your health adversely and increases the chances of heart disease, diabetes and many other problems.
Travelling to office- Travelling can be very stressful, weather you use public transport or drive to the office, traffic jams are a usual scene in every major city these days. Unforeseen delays, lack of control over commuting circumstances can cause an adrenalin rush and increase the risk of burn out.
One can reduce the stress while traveling by some deep breathing ( kapalbhati pranayama for instance ) and listening to soothing music.
Checking emails- some people are in a habit of checking emails and replying immediately, this has been linked to stress a research in the University of British Columbia showed that when the participants were restricted to checking mails only twice a day, the levels of stress were significantly less as compared to those who were allowed to do it frequently.
Poor planning – if you really want to be fruitful and productive you need to plan, if you don’t plan what you want to achieve during the day, you will end up wasting your time and adding to your stress.
The best thing is to prepare a general outline of tasks that you want to do next morning so that you come prepared to work.
Another habit that many people have is to constantly complain about their boss or their co-worker, or blaming others for the problems in their own life. This is called as focusing on the negative. Focusing on the negative will only make your life difficult and increase your stress levels. One should take every experience as a learning opportunity so if you take what ever experience you have good or bad as a learning opportunity, then it will not be stressful and you will progress in life.
Long term unemployment-in this era of searching for a better job some people land up in losing the present one and remain unemployed for a long time till they find another one.
This can not only have a huge financial impact but can make you feel that you have lost your capacity to earn a living and take care of the family, this can lead to stress and depression.
If work stress is getting the best of you think of available help before it is too late. Stress can be detrimental to your health and a root cause for lot of mental and physical health issues like , anxiety, depression,heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, digestive problems, weight gain, infertility, poor concentration and many more.
The key to optimum health and performance is a healthy lifestyle.
Mindful eating, adequate rest and consistent exercise are the three things that will help you lead a stress free life.
When ever there is a need for medication chooses homoeopathy.
Homoeopathy is a holistic science that can identify the root cause and help your body heal naturally.
The medicines used in homoeopathy are prepared from naturally occurring substances and administered in a dynamic form hence there are no counter effects.
Homoeopathic medicines are safe in pregnancy and childhood.