A lot of people underestimate the negative impact that stress can have on the body and mind. In a lot of cases illnesses can occur as a result of stress. I often get very stressed out and need to learn how to manage stress to help prevent it doing damage to my body and mind.
The symptoms of stress
There is no doubt that we have all experienced periods of stress in our life at some point. However, for some people, this stress gets out of control, and it causes both physical and emotional symptoms.
These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Grinding teeth
- A clenched jaw
- Difficulty swallowing
- Excess sweating
- Cold feet or hands
- Ringing in the ear
- Shaking and nervousness
- Frequent infections
- Regular colds
- Rapid heartbeat
- Chest pains
- Tense muscles
- Aches and pains
- A lack of energy
- Avoiding people
- Feeling depressed
- Having low self-esteem
- Feeling lonely
- Finding it tough to relax
- Feeling like you are losing control
- Becoming moody
- Being easily agitated and frustrated
As you can see, the symptoms of stress are excessive, and it is not hard to see how a lot of people can end up ill when suffering from extreme stress.
There have been many studies that have linked stress to further health problems. Plus, as you can see from the physical symptoms listed, stress could even surprisingly result in an appointment with your orthodontic dental specialist because of the damage you could cause to your teeth from teeth grinding and the pressure put on teeth from a clenched jaw, or a trip to the physiotherapist or a masseuse because of tense knotted muscles or muscle pain. If you don’t address the cause of the stress and take steps to reduce it then the physical symptoms can amount to something more serious and end up costing you money as well as being damaging to the rest of your health.
What if work is causing you stress?
For many people their jobs are often the main cause of stress in their lives. If work is causing stress, you should bring this up with your employer. All employers have a duty to provide a safe and healthy working environment. You may assume that this only relates to physical risks, but it doesn’t – mental health is just as important.
If nothing changes, you may even want to consider seeking legal counsel so that you can file a claim. Claiming for stress-related injuries can be a bit more challenging in some cases, but it is definitely possible. If you have been under unnecessary stress from your employer, and you feel that this has been the root cause of an accident that has occurred, there is every chance you could be entitled to compensation. The most important part is being able to prove that your employer is to blame. Of course, you want to avoid it getting to this point, which is why it is important to talk to your employer, explain what has happened, and come up with a solution that works for both of you.
Of course if the stress is simply because you don’t enjoy your job, it’s too demanding or you don’t get along with the people you work with, then it could be worth considering a career change. Your health is more important and it’s not good to be stressed every day at your job. We spend a lot of our lives working and it should mostly be enjoyable! Many people choose to go self-employed for this very reason – to reduce stress and create a better work-life balance.
Too many people stay working for years in a job that they detest and causes them stress. Not only is this detrimental to your mind and mood, but if it causes stress then it can also be detrimental physically causing pain and illness.
There’s no better reason to decide to make a change and to find a job you love instead, retrain or begin your own business idea. It could make all the difference and allow the stress symptoms to simply fizzle away! What’s stopping you from making this positive change to your life?
There is no denying that stress is a huge concern for people today, and work is often a great source of stress. Knowing the symptoms to look out for can help you to take the right action.
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