Chronic stress and illness

And how it leads to physical illness.

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In the office we deal with chronic stress most of the time. Most of the time we have to meet deadlines and also bond with our team members. Some of which we have a huge dislike, but we have to bond with them just because the boss wants it.

We also have to do things that the boss wants which does not align with our core values particularly if we serve customers and clients. Or otherwise we get no money. For example architects and people that work in the design industry have to do everything that the client wants within the time frame. Otherwise they won’t be paid a commission.

Thus this can lead to chronic stress. Chronic stress can lead to physical illness and obesity in the long run.

What are the chronic stress symptoms?

Reach out says its all these here.

  • feeling exhausted and unable to perform basic tasks
  • losing motivation in many aspects of your life, including your work and friendships
  • feeling unable to focus or concentrate on tasks
  • feeling empty or lacking in emotion
  • losing your passion and drive
  • experiencing conflict in your relationships with co-workers, friends and family
  • withdrawing emotionally from friends and family.

So how does that lead to physical illness?

American Psychological Association says that chronic stress can lead to a weakened immune system which will then mean that you are more susceptible to illness. Office workers are prone to have unhealthy stress management systems such as overeating on comfort foods. Or they might get depression or anxiety later on which can then lead to lashing out at everyone or being withdrawn.

It costs companies billions of dollars which they pay in sick leave for an employee or a few. Companies will lose productivity and staff morale due to not managing stress properly.

So what can we do to manage stress in the office environment?

  • Learn to say no to things and not overburden yourself with too many tasks
  • Time management- learn to manage time wisely. Learn how much you can do in one day without killing yourself and stick to it
  • Take your breaks properly. Don’t eat at your desk. Enjoy going outside
  • Exercise regularly. Do about 150 mins of vigorous activity and do at least two to three sessions of strength work.
  • Don’t bring office work home. That includes your emails. Instead opt to answer them in the office.
  • Talk to someone if you’re feeling down. Maybe there’s a wellbeing person who you can talk to about these things in your office.

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