What is job stress?
Job stress can come from good and bad experiences in the work place. Stress becomes a problem when individuals are not able to handle an event or situation and become overwhelmed. Sources of stress are different for everyone however high demands and having little control over our work can lead to poor health. How is our health affected? Stress sets off an alarm in the brain, which responds by preparing the body for defensive action. The nervous system is aroused and hormones are released to sharpen the senses, quicken the pulse, deepen respiration, and tense the muscles. Job stress can lead to cardiovascular problems, anxiety and depression even burnout. Stress is one of the main factors causing insomnia and other sleep disorders. Other various symptoms workers may experience with job stress may include headaches and difficulty in concentrating, short temper, job dissatisfaction and low morale. Stress can lead to significantly higher alcohol, prescription and over-the-counter drug use and a significantly higher susceptibility to infectious diseases.
Job-related stress can drastically affect your physical health
There is Hope! CFSSC is here to help with clients who are experiencing job stress. Speaking to a qualified clinician at CFSSC can help you learn skills to manage job-related stress. Some of the important next steps may involve identifying causes of stress, conflict resolution, boundaries and self-care.