In healthy doses, stress can be a good thing. Moderate stress can propel us to set goals and work harder. On the other hand, if our stress exceeds our ability to cope, it can rob us of health, happiness, and pleasure–on and off the job.
Recent statistics show that job related stressors can actually place some people at as great a risk for heart disease as that of cigarette smokers and those with high serum cholesterol. Stress in the work-place contributes to low morale, increased use of sick or mental health days, and reduced job performance.
Physical signs of stress include:
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Butterflies in the stomach
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Change in eating habits
Emotional signs of stress include:
- Feeling “burnt-out”
- Abnormal irritability
- Feeling helpless about your situation
- Losing interest in normally pleasurable activities, including work
The professionally trained counselors at Directions Counseling Group understand the pressures faced by both employers and employees, and are equipped with proven strategies to manage and minimize job stress. We can help you improve boundaries and relationships at work, time management, organizational skills, managing conflict, and your overall ability to manage stress.