As office workers, we get very busy from time to time and a little bit of stress is normal. But how much is too much? That’s where stress overload comes in.
Stress overload what is it?
It is a symptom having too much stress in one’s life, whether it is going to college etc. Its the intense stress that you can’t control and it takes over your life (Hick, 2019). As office workers, we have a lot of stress due to deadlines, etc. And then there is the family life that we have to deal with. For some people, it can be domestic violence or problems at home. For others, it can be the death of a loved one.
Being constantly under stress all the time can cause damage to our heart, lungs, brain and immune system. The Brain lady says that stress overload can be deadly.
What are the symptoms of it?
- Too much of that in a long time can lead to weight gain and can be deadly
- sleep problems- can’t sleep or too much sleep
- Anxiety and pressure to finish that task quickly. You can’t say no to the boss. You put more on your plate than what you can do.
- Constipation-having to go to the bathroom all the time
- Digestive issues- such as gas, vomiting or bloating
- Chest pains
- Not wanting to go to work or go home because of problems
- Can’t concentrate at work
How to manage stress?
- Exercise- we should be aiming for 150 mins of vigorous activity each week.
- Organize your time wisely- if you have a big project do small amounts at a time. Do one hour on one thing and then have a break and then work for another hour so on and so forth. You can even buy a day planner or download an app to help you organize those work meetings and to organize your tasks.
- Don’t spend too much time on social media. Instead, do other things. Too much time on social media gets stressful. We get caught up in other people’s lives and then the pressure is on to be that other person
- Know what triggers your stress levels- is it too much work and the deadline’s looming? If so you should organize and do the tasks ahead of time. Prioritize which ones are the most important.
- Relax- do something you enjoy. Whether it would be cooking or gardening etc.
- If you need more time for the task, ask for it! And always mention why!
- Sometimes you may just need the professional help and that’s where seeing a counselor or a therapist is handy.