General stress is felt everyday in some shape or form. Most of us wake up in the morning and instantly start thinking about our work place stress because it plays a big part of how we will react to situations. You feel it because if you don't go to work, you won't have a place to live. If you don't feed your body, your health will go down. If you don't perform at work, you will find yourself fearful of being unemployed. Have you felt stressed over anything lately?
Stress Leads To Depression
Stress in general is all about depression and the dangers that can arise if stress isn’t dealt with properly. Each one of us is flat guilty of allowing everyday moments affect how we think and react. A situation at work or home might not go the way it seemed planned and your mind starts to respond sometimes in weird ways. We’re all human aren’t we? We make mistakes, forget to do simple tasks, and even allow our physical health to decline due to pressures we self impose.
Work stress management is a topic we could debate over and over again for the next 20 years as the medical industry has spent billions on trying to understand how to overcome and conquer stress relief.
Stress By The Numbers
Symptoms of stress in general by the numbers show that 75% of people experienced stress in the past two weeks. 42% of people reported stress increased over past year. 54% of people are concerned about daily stress.
The cause of stress in the work place are approximately 40% fear over job security, 60% over heavy workloads, and 20% over a hostile work environment. I have had the rare opportunity to work from home the past few years and I think that you tend to have a slight more stress only because you’re not putting in your face time. Thankfully my situation is completely non typical of Corporate America where lots of pressure is disguised a bit differently when you essentially work for a small company or yourself.
How about your health? Let’s look at the approximate percentage of people who report suffering the following afflictions due to stress.
- 48% lying awake at night
- 44% irritable/ angry
- 42% fatigued
- 39% lack of motivation
- 33% sad/depressed
- 30% like crying
Three Areas to Reduce Stress
Often we have read on how to reduce our stressful situations that arise everyday we walk/talk/breathe on this planet. The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests an overview of three areas we can work on in our lives.
1) Exercise – Yes, the thing that some of us tend to avoid or never start.
2) Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy – Listening to music? Recreation?
3) Relaxation and Other Alternative Techniques – Acupuncture? Relaxation methods.
No one is perfect including myself but maybe we all can catch that extra breathe. I mean…we only have one life to live right?
I hope this information was helpful – “Michael G. Stults”
*Data collected from the “APA” and “National Health Interview Survey” between 2009 and 2010.