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Stress in the Workplace

nov graphic 12By Eloise D. Keene, MS, MPH, RD, LDN, CDE, Certified Diabetes Educator, Diabetes Management & Supplies

Signs of Stress can be both Physical and Emotional 

A variety of conditions and issues can create stressful situations in the workplace. Stressors at work can be new managers, new hires, new equipment, new software programs and even a promotion.

The need to work longer hours, having specific timelines for project completion and needing additional time to learn and experiment with a new program might have one pulling their hair out or heading towards their favorite snack for comfort. How does one recognize the signs of stress and then reduce or manage that stress? How can you learn to balance the elements in your professional and personal worlds to enjoy the benefits of good health and personal fulfillment?

Stress affects the body and can contribute to the development of the following chronic conditions: hypertension, ulcers, and migraine headaches. Stress can also exacerbate existing conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

Signs of stress can be both physical and emotional:

  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Ulcers
  • Trouble sleeping (Insomnia)
  • Excessive sweating
  • Anger
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Frustration
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Two strategies for healthy coping of stress:

  • Emotion focused is where the individual acknowledges their feelings to relieve stress.
  • Problem focused is where an individual looks at the stress from an objective viewpoint and attempts to systematically resolve the stress.

An unhealthy coping strategy is avoidance. Avoidance is when a person refuses to address the stressful situation which may lead to health problems.

Ways to manage stress:

  • Get adequate sleep
  • Get regular physical activity or exercise
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Practice meditation and deep breathing exercises
  • Find a support system (close friends, family members, spouses or partners)

Remember, stress does not have to beat you! Take charge and be intentional about your health!

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