Because of the amount of time we spend at our jobs, work-related stress can permeate our entire life. It can be very frustrating to constantly live with the stress that comes with jobs – especially if you don’t know what’s causing your anxiety. Not knowing the tell-tale signs of work-related stress can cause you to suffer its effects without knowing what’s wrong or how to fix it. Unsurprisingly, it can pay huge dividends to know how to diagnose high stress levels.
Stress often has a number of physical symptoms associated with it, apart from any psychological signs. Some of the most commonly reported physical symptoms of an unsustainable level of work-related stress include:
- Chronic headaches
- Muscle tension and fatigue
- Pain radiating from the spine
- Agitated digestion
- A heightened heart rate and tendency towards sweating
These symptoms are common across a number of disorders or illnesses, so it is important to also examine any psychological issues you may be experiencing.
Outside of the worrying physical symptoms of heavy levels of work-related stress, there are a number of serious emotional issues associated with stress. These include:
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Increased irritability
- Frequent mood swings
- Interruption of eating habits
- Feelings of listlessness and decreased motivation
- Lack of enjoyment in previously pleasing activities
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling harried and constantly busy
- Decreased libido
These emotional symptoms can understandably have huge repercussions on the rest of your life. If you find yourself suffering from these or other work-related symptoms of stress, it can be incredibly important to take action to adjust your working habits and extracurricular activities to decrease your stress levels and increase the enjoyment you take from life.
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