During the past few months, there has been a need for local authorities, governments, businesses and the general populace to monitor stress levels. Whether it’s your friends, family, or colleagues, you have probably noticed some signs of stress. It’s quite concerning that there are rising causes of stress but there hasn’t been much to combat them. It could be that there is a rising wave and before the wave goes through a threshold, it will have to be observed before being treated.
Not to mention, the times are such that stress might be part and parcel of the current climate. The virus has caused a cascading effect of healthcare concerns and that has led to the following rises in stress.
What is stress?
We all know what it’s like to be stressed, but it’s hard to specify what stress is. When we say things like “this is stressful” or “I’m stressed,” we could be referring to one of the following:
- Situations or events that put pressure on us – For example, when we have a lot to do and think about, or when we don’t have much control over what happens.
- Our reaction to being placed under pressure –the feelings we get when we are faced with difficult demands.
There is no medical definition of stress, and health care professionals often disagree about whether stress is the cause or the result of problems. This can make it difficult to figure out what is causing your stress or how to deal with it. But, whatever your personal definition of stress is, it’s likely that you can learn to manage it better by:
- managing external pressures, So stressful situations don’t seem to happen to you as frequently.
- developing your emotional resilience, so you’re better at coping with the stress when they arise and don’t feel as stressed
Causes of Stress
Everyone has different causes of stress. According to surveys, work stress is at the top of the list. Forty percent of American workers admit to experiencing office stress, and one-quarter say work is the most stressful aspect of their lives.
Causes of stress at work include:
- Being unhappy at work
- Being overloaded with work or taking on too much responsibility
- Working for long hours
- Having poor management, unclear job expectations, or having no say in decision-making
- Working under dangerous conditions
- Being insecure about your chance for advancement or risk of termination
- Having to give speeches in front of colleagues
- Facing discrimination or harassment at work, especially if your company isn’t supportive
Symptoms of work-related stress
Work-related stress can occur as physical, psychological, or behavioral symptoms.
Physical symptoms include:
- Muscular tension
- Heart palpitations
- Sleeping difficulties, such as insomnia
- Gastrointestinal upsets, such as diarrhoea or constipation
- Dermatological disorders.
Psychological symptoms include:
- Feelings of being overwhelmed and unable to cope
- Cognitive difficulties, such as a reduced ability to concentrate or make decisions.
Behavioral symptoms include:
- An increase in sick days or absenteeism
- Diminished creativity and initiative
- A drop in work performance
- Lower tolerance of frustration and impatience
- Problems with interpersonal relationships
- Mood swings and irritability
Top Rising Causes Of Stress
Many businesses have had to move their workers to remote working only. This has led to millions of employees, no longer being able to come into contact with their colleagues. They are communicating through conference call software such as Zoom. However, some businesses have been a little nervous about how their workforce would react.
Consequently, some brands have demanded that their employees do more hours in case deadlines begin to slip. This has led to some remote workers taking stress leave. This is a new reason for taking leave and there is discussion whether it should be paid. However, because it is a mental health issue, it falls into the sick pay category.
It should come as no surprise that during the past few months there has been a rise in drinking. It has led to more and more people depending on alcohol to help them manage stress. It’s something that has been monitored and noted. Experts say that alcoholism has risen by 3% to 3.7% overall.
If you find that this is something you may be affected by, then contact an alcohol rehab center. They have a 12.5-acre campus for you to roam around as well as a 5,000-ft building where people like you will be staying. Their inpatient program begins with helping you to manage your withdrawal symptoms as you slowly get off the drink.
2.A lack of exercise
During the past few months, people have not been getting the exercise they need. This has led to more and more becoming overweight. As you can imagine, when you don’t like what you see in yourself, you will become stressed and more likely to find some coping habits. These habits are often going to worsen the situation.
It’s a good idea to make a workout plan and begin to do some basic calisthenic type workouts. You don’t need any equipment, but resistance bands, tension tubes and other things like a dip station are good things to have. There are plenty of online workout plans you can find for beginners.
These rising causes of stress are all part and parcel of the current climate. However, if you want to avoid the long-term effects of these causes, take action as soon as you can.