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Stressed at work?

Stressed at work? You’re not alone.

80% of workers in the U.S. have reported feelings of stress and anxiety at work ­ and it’s no wonder!

Whether it be a lack in job security, juggling work life with personal life, workloads becoming extreme, or clashing with co­workers or managers, stress can be found everywhere in your 9 to 5.

The data on workplace stress is endless. According to The American Institute of Stress, 25% of Americans say that their job is the number one stressor in their lives ­ and 29% feel that their stress ranges from ‘quite a bit’ to ‘extreme’. Of the 8 in 10 people that feel stress at work, nearly half say that they need help managing their stress. Whether anxiety is stemming from an upcoming meeting or an overbearing boss, it’s essential to get workplace stress under control. Workplace stress leads to health problems including back pain, fatigue, depression, headaches, and even heart attacks. It also plays a huge role in the success of the economy. Each year, nearly $300 billion is lost due to stress related accidents, employees missing work, employee turnover and insurance costs. That is a lot of cash.

Though the facts are grim, we have good news. There are solutions ­ and plenty of them.

A great first step is recognizing what causes you stress at work. Know what your triggers are, and why they are causing you anxiety. Are you feeling pressed for time? Are you having tension with a coworker? Whatever it is, recognizing these warning signs will give you time for your mind and body to prepare, or perhaps avoid, that stress.

Furthemore, take care of your health ­ physically and mentally. Let’s start with the former.

Treating your body well is key for combating stress in the workplace. Though going for a run may sound exhausting after a busy day at the office, exercise has been proven to significantly lower stress. Starting with even thirty minutes of activity could turn your stress around. Finally, take care of your mental health. Speaking to an active listener who understands your issues will help you to understand your emotional intelligence in the workplace. Find someone ­ a friend, family member or professional ­ who will help you to manage your relationships, prioritize your workload, and gain personal awareness.

Together, we can get that 80% down. Leave stress behind.

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