Workplace stress has been proven to be associated with increased rates of heart attacks. This article looks at some of the signs of anxiety and ways to begin to overcome it.
By Maria Parkinson
How to overcome anxiety at work is a vital topic for Executives to focus on. More and more anxious workers are looking at potential heart problems, due to job insecurity, long working hours, unreasonable workloads and tight deadlines.
According to various studies in America, higher workplace-stress levels have been proven to be associated with increased rates of heart attack and hypertension and have also been linked to nervousness, anxiety and depression.
The American Institute of Stress Cites that,it is so well-accepted in New York and Los Angeles that, police officers who suffer a heart attack on or off duty, are assumed to have a work-related injury and are compensated accordingly(including a heart attack sustained while fishing on vacation or gambling in Las Vegas!).
It is believed that, we have learned to respond with anxiety to situations. Whilst that makes sense, our response also depends on what kind of person we are and the type of environment we find ourselves in. Both of the former aspects contribute to our stress levels in many ways.
If we are a very sensitive person, who likes peace and calm and find ourselves working in a chaotic, noisy place then this may affect us. We have different personalities and tolerance levels.
Firstly, learning to overcome anxiety involves being consciously aware of, what type of person we are and what type of environment is conducive to our peace of mind.
Secondly, recognizing and acknowledging when we are anxious, and taking action to help ourselves is a sign of strength, not of weakness.
Here are some early warning signs of stress:
2. difficulty sleeping
3. difficulty concentrating
4. irritability and anger
5. becoming withdrawn
6. upset stomach
7. low morale
8. nail biting
9. weight loss or weight gain
10. feeling powerless to change anything
11. turning to food,alcohol,drugs or caffeine as an escape
12. chronic fatigue
13. cravings for sugar and chocolate
14. excess energy,can’t relax
15. heart palpitations,shortness of breath
We need to stop, sit down, and identify how we are feeling, what is creating the problem and what we want to do about it, before it is too late and the decision has been made unconsciously.
It is vital to make a conscious effort to recognize the triggers and overcome anxiety quickly, so that you do not internalize it, where it can play havoc with your body.
Is the job more important than your health? If you die of a heart attack, you will be replaced at work but your family, your life and your heart cannot be replaced.
Make a conscious decision to overcome anxiety and live a long and fruitful life.
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