dealing with stress at workDealing with stress at work can be, well… stressful . Most of us have bad days at the office and I’m sure that the vast majority of workers have experienced stressful situations at work, but usually its just a temporary thing and life soon returns to normal once the crisis has passed.

However, for some unfortunate people, dealing with stress in the workplace can be a commonplace thing. The real problem with stress in the workplace as opposed to stress at home is that you usually have other people to consider and it can also have a major effect on your livelihood, and even your health if not addressed quickly.

Even if you are one of these lucky people who manage to cope with stress you still need to be vigilant and make sure that you are, at least recognising stressful situations as they arise and also recognising the long term effects this stress is having on your performance and health. If you are dealing with stress at work on a regular basis then this small blog is aimed at helping you. Please read on to get tips and advice on how to identify triggers, how to handle conflicts and how to make sure that you don’t fall victim to a stressful work environment.

According to one of the world’s leading authority websites on the subject, the Mayo Clinic, stress  is usually brought on by a series of trigger events – and so it stands to reason that identifying your particular triggers is one of the first steps along the road to combatting stress at work,. Once you can identify the triggers you can then set about developing a coping strategy. For example, you may regularly find yourself working with someone who you don’t get on with. Conflicts can be a big source of stress and can other things such as having to do difficult or unpleasant tasks or even being asked to work in a challenging environment. Whatever the reasons, by cataloguing what happens during times of stress you will be able to identify them and then take appropriate action.

Of course, one of the biggest sources of stress at work are inter-personal relationships. We usually have to work with someone we don’t like, and if that’s the case it’s very easy for gossip to start, bitchiness to become common place and for you to start working against, rather than with each other. This isn’t fair on you, or the company so, if you find yourself in daily conflict with a fellow employee make sure that you take this issue up with your managers as soon as possible. Try to stay rational and explain your case, in private if need be, and ask them to help. Everyone likes a quiet life and managers are no exception. A good manager will always try to accommodate employees wishes, if possible, and work to resolve the situation. Employing a life coach or personal development coach might also be an option.

Physical comfort in the workplace is also very important for relieving stress. Even low level noise can cause problems, but in today’s modern workplace there are many ways to combat this, including the use of personal MP3 players or iPods. You need to ensure that your workstation, chair, desk etc. are comfortable and well adjusted. If you spend hours every day in an uncomfortable work space you will become stressed and worst of all it might not even be apparent why. Again, approach management and ask for more suitable equipment if you think this is an issue.

We all have to spend part of our life dealing with stress at work but, quite often , the remedy to the problem is quite simple, as long as we have accurately identified the source of the problem in the first place! Use these tips, and please feel free to give us feedback if you find them useful. After all , we spend almost a third of our life at work so it’s important that we enjoy it and avoiding stress is part of that process.


Before we evolved into the advanced stage that we are currently in, our bodies were specifically programmed to include an automatic defense mechanism known as the “fight or flight” mechanism. Here, a person would have to contend with either reacting to a situation in an assertive and direct manner to neutralize the threat, or run away from it in order to evade harm and injury.

Known as the survival instinct, the primary means by which this was achieved was by an increase in the production of the hormone known as adrenaline. Therefore, whenever we are encountered with a stressful situation (which can range from a person holding a knife/gun to us, to more mundane issues such as getting stuck in a traffic jam) our body will release the adrenaline hormone.

Unfortunately, this is problematic and the reason for this is that stress, and more specifically, adrenaline has a negative impact on our bodies as it depresses and inhibits a number of specific processes throughout the body.

If left unchecked, this can have potentially lethal consequences in the long term as the victim is left more likely to sustain a myriad of horrible illnesses such as hypertension, heart failure and blood clots.
Some pertinent facts about stress are therefore listed as follows.

Stress Leads To Infection and Illness
When we are stressed, our body will release a hormone known as cortisol and when cortisol is present in the body for too long and in too high a concentration, this can directly inhibit the auto immune system (natural defense mechanism of the body). The end result? The victim is more likely to sustain colds and other infections, and will also suffer them for much longer.

With that basic fact in mind then, it should come as little surprise that medical research has identified that over 90% of all visits to a general practitioner and primary physician team is and can be directly related to stress in some degree or another.

Stress Leads To Blood Clots
Another dangerous potential consequence of excessive levels of cortisol in the bloodstream is that the blood becomes more viscous and sticky, which in turn increases the chances of a blood clot forming. If left untreated and unchecked for a prolonged period of time, this can play a critical role in the development and onset of arterial plaque and clots around the heart.

Comments and observations about how stress kills people are entirely true!

Stress Leads To Weight Gain
Stress has a causal relationship with the development and accumulation of fat around the abdomen and this has been identified as being due to the fact that the cortisol hormone has a negative, inhibiting influence on the metabolism. The metabolism is the system used by the body to convert calories consumed by the individual into a usable source of energy.

With the metabolism slowed down, this means that a higher amount of calories are then converted into fat tissue for further storage.

Please note that stress will also cause people to over eat.