Ten Ways to Reduce Stress in the Workplace
We all know that a certain amount of stress comes with the territory, but an excess will cause a range of mental and physical ailments, according to experts. These illnesses can include headaches, body aches, breathing difficulty, exhaustion, dramatic weight gain or loss, and depression and anxiety. Stress also has been linked to heart attacks, high blood pressure and other serious conditions, according to the American Institute of Stress. This issue should not be taken lightly by employers or employees: Four out of five workers feel stress on the job, and nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress, the institute reports. It adds that the leading causes of office stress include workload demands, an absence of work-life balance, personality conflicts and a lack of job security. Fortunately, many of these issues can be self-remedied by implementing the following 10 practices, as suggested by the American Institute of Stress, as well as sites such as WebMD, ConqueringStress.com and Lifehack.org.