It's common knowledge that chronic stress puts you at a higher risk for developing serious medical problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, insomnia, and chronic fatigue (as well as equally serious emotional conditions, including severe depression and anxiety). However, in a world where stressors abound, pinpointing specific sources of stress so that you can lessen their deleterious impact on your mind and body can be quite a challenge, especially when you're already feeling stressed out and overwhelmed.
To help identify particular hot spots for stress in the workplace, Kristin Koch, writing for Health.com, has identified eight specific work situations that put workers on a fast track to burnout. After each one, suggestions are offered to relieve the stress and lessen your risk for its debilitating consequences.
1) Overworked Underlings
2) Frustrated Go-Getters
6) Tech Prisoners
7) High Stakes
8) Wronged Victims
Don't let stress make you sick. In addition to the suggestions offered above, there are many ways to combat stress. For more information, check out the following sources:
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Sherrie Bourg Carter is the author of High Octane Women: How Superachievers Can Avoid Burnout (Prometheus Books, 2011).