There is considerable academic research supporting the connection between high levels of stress and cardiovascular disease (generally also coupled with other poor lifestyle choices such as not exercising enough and over-indulging in sugary and fatty foods – but that aside for the moment)… so when we consider how much of a our life is spent on the job, it’s worthwhile reviewing what some of the more common work-related stresses are, how to tell whether we’re being impacted by these (as often the symptom may not necessarily be a clear indication as to the cause), and most importantly what is the best approach toward handling these.
For the more emotionally intelligent / self-aware of us (the rest of you, please try to tune into the feedback you’re more than likely receiving from your peers) the most common signs that you’re experiencing stress will include:
- Un-explainable fatigue or feelings of being run down
- Increased irritability (or rather, lower than usual tolerance for other people)
- A heightened emotional state of tension or feelings of being strung out
- Difficulties sleeping at night (not sure if your coworkers will know about this one)
- Problems maintaining your focus at work leading to a drop in day-to-day productivity
- Increased susceptibility to illness (whether psychosomatic or genuine – due to a weakened immune system)
- Difficulty in making decisions
… so if any of this sounds familiar, then the below info graphic is for you!