Stress at Work: Is workplace stress a big part of your life?

Stress at work is one of the biggest causes of stress for many. In fact, a report by Northwestern National Life states that one-fourth of workers view their job as the number one stressor in their lives. Are you one of them?

While workplace stress is nothing new, a few things have changed over the years that make workers these days feel as though they're more stressed than ever.

Today, our life spans are longer than ever, which means not only do we work more hours, we keep up the pace for many more years than previous generations.

We also have a new generation of workers moving through our hallways and into our cubicles who were raised to question everything and only accept the best conditions. These younger workers are showing increased trends of "job-hopping" (not staying in one job for long periods of time). In part, job-hopping is a symptom of stress.

More than ever, people want to enjoy their jobs and are realizing that they just don't. Many people feel as if they are stuck in a "catch 22." They don't enjoy their work, but because they need a paycheck, they must keep their jobs. These conditions add to our stress at work.

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According to the American Institute of Stress in Yonkers, New York, an estimated 1 million people in the work force are absent on an average workday because of stress-related complaints.

If you're facing stress at work or burnout, it's time to find a work-life balance and learn how to effectively manage your time, or at the very least, learn to manage your workplace stress in a healthier way. It took me years of trying many different things to finally learn to make my job work for me, not the other way around.

I finally made the decision that I wanted to work-to-live not live-to-work. By learning how to properly manage your stress, you can learn to greatly reduce your work related stress symptoms and start enjoying life again… or at least on a more regular basis.

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For those of us who work a full-time job or two or three, learning to manage your stress is crucial.

When we work 40 hours or more per week, we are spending a lot of time away from our families and away from things we enjoy doing. Spending that much time doing anything that is stressful will eventually take a toll on your physical and mental health and you will begin to notice symptoms of stress.

For those of you who are thinking of changing jobs to escape your work stress, realize that "job-hopping" comes at a price and do not take the decision to change jobs lightly.


According to Princeton Survey Research Associates, 75% of employees believe that workers have more on-the-job stress than a generation ago.

In fact, change itself is a big factor in stress… even good change can cause stress, so it’s important to be ready to deal with your stress in ways that are healthy and effective for you.

Also remember that the grass isn't always greener on the other side and if you don't learn to manage your stress at work in a way that works for you, your next job will eventually become just as stressful as the last. So before you move on, learn how to handle the stress that comes with any job.

If you can learn to properly manage your stress, you will be able to handle any job with ease... even if it isn't the job of your dreams. However, it is important to never stop dreaming.

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Where do you go from here?

Use the information and resources on this site to begin to build your stress management toolbox. Fill it up with tips and techniques that you can use the next time you’re experiencing stress at work.

You may want to start by reading about stress management at work to learn some effective strategies that you can use during your work day to minimize the stress you experience.

Also check out the relaxation techniques and learn how to unwind after a stressful day at work.

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