A large proportion of our lives are spent at work. Work related stress therefore accounts for a large proportion of the stress generated in our lives.
Workplace stress is one of the biggest stressors in modern life. Many sick days are taken each year and many businesses feel the financial pinch of having workers off stressed.
This makes stress an extremely expensive loss for businesses: the HSE estimates that British industry loses £370 million a year due to stress.
What is work stress?
Stress at work effects a huge proportion of the population and there have been several government incentives (Health and Safety Guidelines in the UK) to help the stressed individuals out.
Being under this sort of pressure can be very draining on an individual. Confidence building can be needed to improve a situation.
Why is work related stress so rampant nowadays?
Having worked in some very stressful and competitive environments myself, I see that workplace stress is effecting more and more of us for the following reasons:
Companies are constantly downsizing and adapting to keep up with competition. This means less job security and therefore more stress.
Many people are being made redundant in this current climate which not only puts pressure on those who go but also on those who stay.
I was personally involved in redundancy in my last company and I saw how much extra pressure the board were placing on the remaining staff: same work, half the amount of people. I see this across the board with companies. What does this equal? Yes, more stress.
• Increased competition
Although competition is not a bad thing, being in constant competition with colleagues and customers with ratings, reviews and approvals is tiring.
Having these reviews all the time (I certainly had my fair share of them in corporate life) can place a lot of workplace stress onto individuals.
• Lack of Support For Small Businesses
For those who have been made redundant, there are many who start up their own businesses. With the current climate financial support is not as easy to come by. Having sufficient financial backing is definitely a weight off a business' and therefore owner's shoulders hence less workplace stress.
Articles on Work Related Stress
The following articles go into more depth about work related stress:
On a personal level I found 2 things helped me the most with stress at work. The first was swimming on a regular basis.
Secondly, I found that buying myself a QLINK made such a difference to how I felt at work and especially with computers (I am still wearing it now).
This is a little electromagnetic gadget that many golfers and Olympians are now wearing to increase concentration but is also great for stress relief.
If you are looking for similar products to help protect against Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) there is a really useful website I have found. All their products are designed to protect against being drained by EMF and I have personally found them to be invaluable with dealing with stress at work. Check them out
if you are interested.
Please note that these techniques can be applied for the reduction of stress at work in any other field.
I outline 7 great tips for stress relief from backing up your information to getting outside as much as possible.
This stress management for teachers article outlines 7 ways to deal with stress.
The tool I found most valuable in helping me with workplace stress was meditation. I found it made a huge difference not only to my work-life but also to the commute.
When living in a big city like London, having a pleasant commute, stress-free, makes a huge difference to anyone's day.
I have been using Holosync's Awakening Prologue now for about 2 years and have found all 4 of the meditations to be invaluable to lowering stress levels.
When on a commute I often play the different Holosync meditations on my MP3 player and find that I can easily switch off and relax.
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