Journal of Health and Medical Research

Occupational Stress

Occupational stress is psychological stress related to one's job. Occupational stress often stems from pressures that do not align with a person's knowledge, skills, or expectations. Job stress can increase when workloads are excessive. Some of the factors that commonly cause work-related stress include: Long hours, Heavy workload, Changes within the organization, Tight deadlines, Changes to duties, Job insecurity, Lack of autonomy, Boring work etc. High levels of occupational stress have been linked to an increased risk of physical injuries, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, depression and increases in negative personal behaviors’ such as anger, anxiety and irritability. Occupational stress was positively associated with employees' turnover intentions. You manage occupational stress by: 1) Track your stressors. Keep a journal for a week or two to identify which situations create the most stress and how you respond to them, Develop healthy responses, Establish boundaries, Take time to recharge, Learn how to relax, Talk to your supervisor, Get some support.

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