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Stressed at Work: How Stress Can Affect Your Health

You may think that stress only affects your mood or maybe your mental health, but stress has a way of manifesting itself in physical symptoms on your body as well. The worst part is that you may not even realize that stress is affecting your body so much–and you may falsely blame it on an illness or a condition.

While some go through bouts of stress periodically, others are chronically stressed because of their jobs, their family situation, or because they’re simply a bit more wired to have anxiety.

If you are dealing with frequent or chronic stress, here are a few ways it can affect your health—and a few suggestions on how to deal with it effectively.

Common Physical Symptoms of Stress

An abundance of stress can make anyone feel terrible, but it can actually physically present itself in the following ways, according to the Mayo Clinic.

  • Headache
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Change in sex drive
  • Stomach upset
  • Sleep problems

If you have any of these symptoms that are associated with stress, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. If these problems are left unchecked, they can contribute to significantly more serious issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, or diabetes.

Common Behavioral Symptoms of Stress

You may think having high stress just makes a person a little more irritable or short with their coworkers, family members, or friends, but it can actually present itself in far more serious ways. Here are some common effects of stress on your behavior according to the Mayo Clinic:

  • Overeating or undereating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Tobacco use
  • Social withdrawal
  • Exercising less often

How to Deal with Stress

How to deal with stress effectively will depend on the person, but generally you’ll need to try something that relaxes you and takes your mind off your anxiety.

Here are a few activities that are recommended to de-stress:

  • Yoga
  • Taking a long walk with your pet or your significant other
  • Only checking emails during work hours
  • Turning off your cell phone at least an hour before bed
  • Regular exercise
  • Getting a massage
  • Reading a book
  • Watching a movie that you love
  • Cooking a meal with friends or family
  • Going on a vacation

Have stress at work with no end in sight? It might be time that you consider hiring a virtual assistant to help take a load off you. Call Contemporary Virtual Assistance for more information on pricing, services, and more at 877-554-0333!

photo credit: jetheriot

Posted on August 8th, 2018 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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