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How to detect chronic work stress?

Work stress is one of the main problems in the country, in fact, for some years

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Work stress is one of the main problems in the country, in fact, for some years, Mexico ranks first worldwide in this condition, surpassing countries like China and the United States. The WHO states that the main reason is the imbalance between the demands and pressures that an individual faces and their knowledge and capacities.

Of course, each employee is different and faces adversity in a unique way; however, it is common for a dishwasher repair work environment to affect its members in a similar way and this affects their performance. For this reason, it is important to learn to identify when your collaborators are subjected to too much pressure, otherwise, they can reach chronic stress levels that affect both their health and their productivity.

Warning signs that show chronic work stress

Chronic stress, as its name implies, is a problem that develops gradually. Sometimes it is because the symptoms are not detected in time or the tools are not available to combat behavior and emotions and that promote them.

The reasons for developing chronic work stress are diverse; however, among the most frequent are:

  • Self-demand
  • Overload of responsibilities
  • Team conflicts
  • Lack of leadership
  • Unclear job roles
  • Job insecurity
  • Lack of support
  • Poor work-life balance
  • Workplace Harassment

The problem is not in having a little stress, but in what it can cause in the body when it is present continuously. While one of the main concerns is decreased productivity or continuous errors, the negative impact it can have on health is more severe than we think. In the short term, chronic stress, according to the Heart Foundation, can cause:

PHYSIOLOGICAL REACTIONS:

When stress levels are high, an increase in heart rate and blood pressure can occur. In addition, there is muscle tension and, in some cases, excessive sweating. On the other hand, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, and stomach upset can also occur.

EMOTIONAL REACTIONS:

Emotions always play an important role in all areas of life, when stress increases, fear, irritability, sadness, feelings of depression, anxiety, anger and decreased motivation can appear.

COGNITIVE REACTIONS:

Poor memory and inattention are very common symptoms when there is chronic stress. However, there are other reactions that you should pay attention to, such as reduced field of perception, unproductive thoughts, difficulty in solving problems, and learning problems.

BEHAVIORAL REACTIONS:

With the intention of solving the above feelings, people with chronic stress can increase the consumption of alcohol, tobacco or drugs and even seek other types of behaviors, usually risky, to reduce their discomfort.

In the long term, the consequences of chronic stress can result in severe diseases or conditions such as:

  • Weight loss or gain
  • Heart failure
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Dermatological problems
  • Menstrual disturbances
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