Almost everyone feels job stress at times, even if you like your job. You may feel stress about hours, coworkers, deadlines, or possible layoffs. Some stress is motivating and can help you achieve. But when job stress is constant, it can lead to health problems. Finding ways to relieve your stress can help you stay healthy and feel better.
Although the cause of job stress is different for every person, there are some common sources of stress in the workplace. These include:
Like any kind of stress, job stress that continues for a long time can affect your health. Job stress may increase your risk for health problems such as:
Job stress may also cause troubles at home and in other areas of your life, making your stress worse.
Job stress may be a problem for you if you have any of these signs:
You do not need to let job stress take a toll on your health. There are many ways you can learn to manage job stress.
American Psychological Association. Mind/Body Health: Job Stress. www.apa.org/helpcenter/job-stress.aspx. Accessed September 21, 2015.
American Psychological Association. Coping With Stress at Work. www.apa.org/helpcenter/work-stress.aspx. Accessed September 21, 2015.
American Psychological Association. Stress in the Workplace. www.apa.org/helpcenter/workplace-stress.aspx. Accessed September 21, 2015.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Stress…At Work. Updated June 6, 2014. www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/99-101. Accessed September 21, 2015.
Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, medical director and director of didactic curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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