But of course Yes!
Over time, continued stress on our bodies will affect our mental health and scientific studies have repeatedly shown that stress does in fact contribute to mental illness.
Job related stress can affect you emotionally and mentally. We have listed below some risk factors that contribute to stress, and over time to poor mental health:
- Demands relating to tasks and roles
- Work that isn't challenging or engaging
- Degree of involvement in decision making
- Employee recognition
- Decision-making autonomy
- Work relationships
- Environment and physical working conditions
- Work schedules
- Few opportunities for growth
- Organisational changes such as:
□ Increase in shift work
□ Increase in part-time work and overtime
□ Working very fast
□ Never having enough time to finish work
□ General intensification of work (fast pace, short delays, constant changes)
Luckily, there are steps that you can take to limit stress.
1) Get enough sleep.
Not only can stress and worry cause a lack of sleep but, it can also leave you vulnerable to even more stress. When you are well-rested, it is much easier to keep an emotional balance, which is key to dealing with job and workplace related stress.
2) Track your stressors.
Download an app or keep a journal to identify your stress triggers as well as the way you respond, your thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
Did you get angry? Avoid eye contact or people? Get a snack? Walk away? Go outside and do some exercise?
By keeping a journal it can help you find your most stressed situations and perhaps point out certain patterns or reactions you're not always aware of.
3) Prioritize and organize.
Leave early in the morning. 5-10 minutes can make the difference between frantically hurrying to your desk and having time to slowly ease into your day. Running late will only increase your stress levels. Break projects and tasks into small steps. If a project seems to be overwhelming, make a step-by-step plan. Focus on one small task at a time, rather than taking on everything at once.
4) Recharge your batteries.
It is of utmost importance that we take time out to recharge and replenish so as to not completely burn ourselves out with chronic stress. That means “switching off” from work from time to time. Not just on holiday but also after work when you go home and even for moments during the day. Such as over a lunch break or just a 10min silence or meditation period in a quiet meeting room.
Create time for yourself to relax and unwind, even if it is just by turning off your phone and computer for the evening or the weekend.
Start with these 4 tips and see how things begins to change for you.
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