Stress can kill you at work! According to data conducted by the American Psychological Association, stress levels in the United States have been steadily growing. What are the most popular sources? You probably know from personal experience, and if you’re like most people, the top three are “money,” “work,” and “the economy” – all of which are intertwined.
Other everyday stressors include relationships, family duties, your own and loved ones’ health, and concerns about personal safety. At the bottom of the list of the top ten most prevalent stresses, you’ll find those tied to your employment in some manner, such as job security and housing expenditures.
Job-related stress can have the following effects on one’s mental health:
- Clinical depression, such as major depressive disorder or adjustment problems, can occur due to these factors.
- Anxiety disorders may result.
- PTSD is a result of this. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a significant risk in various vocations. People who work in high-stress corporate workplaces or retail may develop PTSD symptoms due to workplace bullying, robberies, or other traumatic experiences.
- Increases the chance of substance use disorders, such as alcohol and drug misuse, which are, yes, mental illnesses.
If at all feasible, attempt to eliminate the primary source of stress. That could involve working fewer hours, pursuing a promotion that allows you to do more critical work, or switching to a different job entirely. Seeking mental health treatment is not a luxury but a need if you feel like you can’t handle it anymore. Prayer and meditation can be highly beneficial to some people.