Coping with stress in the workplace

Whether you love your job or hate it, chances are that it’s a source of stress in your life to some degree or another. But workplace stress isn’t something that can just weigh heavily on your mind, but on your company’s bottom line as well.

According to a recent study, work is the number one stressor in most people’s lives. I sat down with NewsRadio 1080 KRLD to talk more about the impact of stress on your health and the health of your employer.

What are some of the dangers that the study has uncovered?

The study out of England examined 2,000 adults. One-third of those participants said that work was very or quite stressful and that the stress amounted to more than debt, financial problems, family, health concerns or any other factor. 18 percent of participants said work stress has led to anxiety problems, and 15 percent said they were on antidepressants due to work stress.

Why should employers be concerned about their employees’ mental health or stress level?

It is important to remember that stress can lead to heart disease and a range of other physical problems and mental disorders.

In the study, 20 percent of participants admitted to skipping work because of stress. High-stress levels contribute to lost productivity and often sub-par work. Additionally, stress-related illness can cause higher health care costs.

How can employers help their employees keep their stress levels manageable?

Stress-relieving changes don’t have to be expensive. The study found that flexible working hours and more time off support employee mental health.

Three in five people said that if their employer took action to support the mental wellbeing of the entire staff, they would feel more loyal, motivated, committed and be likely to recommend their workplace as a good place to work.

Learning to cope with stress in the workplace can be an essential component of living healthy. Practice stress relieving activities such as deep breathing, yoga or other hobbies to reduce stress levels and ensure that you are adequately exercising, getting enough sleep and taking time off.

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David Winter, MD
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David Winter, MD, is an internal medicine physician on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Signature Medicine – Tom Landry.

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Coping with stress in the workplace