Health

Job Making You Sick?

Stop, breathe and re-center yourself — techniques like this really do work (and read on for more)

Is the stress from your job making you physically ill? You might be surprised to learn that, indeed, you can get sick from your job.

Depending on your circumstances, your environment, and how you handle various stressors, the notion that your position can drain your mental energy and your emotions becomes increasingly understandable. The performance of your tasks plus the stresses of your workplace can be exhausting, stressful and frustrating.

Because of this, stress can compound and impact your health.

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Here are seven things that can cause stress — and most importantly, here’s how to better deal with them.

1.) Technology. Most of us use technology on the job. And at one time or another, we’ve all been frustrated by it. There can be glitches that are out of our control. Our computers can crash at the most inopportune moment. The phone will freeze. Even the vending machine might break when we’re trying to grab a quick bite or snack.

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Before you throw your computer down the stairs, stop and breathe. Re-center your energy. These few moments will allow you to calm down before you do something you’ll later regret — and something that won’t be good for your career long-term.

2.) Travel. We all know that traveling even for fun can be stressful. Traveling for work can be even worse. Planes can be delayed, or we can miss our flights due to traffic, weather or other issues. And there are too many people at the airport! This can all cause anxiety and stress.

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Preparation is key here. Allow plenty of time to get to the airport. Don’t rush. And if possible, choose to video-conference when you don’t have to meet face to face. This will also save time and money.

3.) Performance expectations. You might be experiencing a low level of anxiety each month because you fear not meeting your quota. You don’t necessarily have control over your quota or your work flow — and this loss of control can cause stress.

To help minimize stress, reward yourself for daily accomplishments. Also, take the mental time to acknowledge these to yourself.

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In addition, set your quota higher than what is expected. This way, when you reach the quota, you will have exceeded the real one.

4.) The commute. Most everyone who takes public transportation or drives to work will agree commuting can be a pain. And if you commute every single day for months and months on end (few of us don’t!) — the traffic can cause stress levels to skyrocket.

Combat this daily grind by making your commute time productive. Listen to positive radio, podcasts, audio books and music. If you commute on a train or bus, you can read or start work early to get a jump on the game. By doing this, you won’t feel you’ve been wasting your time during travel — and you might actually look forward to this time to yourself.

5.) Bad bosses. Good bosses make all of the difference, don’t they? They inspire you to work to your fullest potential. They want you to be the best version of yourself. Bad bosses, on the other hand, base their power on fear. As a result, they drain your energy rather than boost it. They get angry very quickly and instill fear in their workers.

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As a result, they cause anxiety. If you’re working for this type of boss, you might want to re-evaluate your position or find a new job. After all, your health is the most important benefit you have — and being in a more positive environment is what really matters.

6.) Cliques. You remember these from high school. Cliques can bully others to unify their members.

It’s best not to get involved with them at all in the office or in the workplace. Don’t engage in gossip, bullying or rivalries that have nothing to do with you, your job description, or your work goals.

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7.) Giving a speech or presentation at work. Studies have shown that almost everyone has anxiety speaking in front of a crowd. You might be a very outgoing person, but you can still experience stress when getting up in front of a group of people.

To combat this, make certain you’re adequately prepared before you present information. This will cause your stress levels to go down because you know what you are doing and feel ready.

Take the time to rehearse at home so that when you actually get up in front of an audience, you’ll feel confident and calm. And remember that most speeches last a very short time. It’s the rare person who will spend hours in front of a group on a regular basis. Keep everything in perspective — and strive to improve with each new presentation.

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