People all have a bad day once in a while. It is fine to feel a bit stressed about your work, especially when you have a deadline coming. However, if you are having a lot of blue days, or the thought of going to work starts to freak you out, you may be suffering from work-related stress. Common signs of work-related stress include:
Negative or depressed feelings
Negativity takes many forms. It may start as subtle as a bad feeling about yourself when you fail to complete a task. Then, it will progress to self-doubt, which means you begin to question your own competence. Even minor mistakes can make you disappointed in yourself. Loss of self-confidence results in depression and anxiety.
You suddenly feel anger towards everybody. The jokes which you used to enjoy now seem so intimidating that you have to fight back. Normal gestures of your co-workers feel like an insult. You cannot control your anger. You snap at every little things in your workplace.
Unusual mood swings
One day, you come to work all happy and shiny. But just half an hour later, you feel so down that you get all tearful. When the blue passes, you probably feel embarrassed and have no idea why your mood changes so quickly for no reason.
You start to forget more and more things. Your concentration span gets smaller. You cannot focus on your task. You feel confused at things that used to be within your area of expertise.
Changes in your lifestyle
Work-related stress may influence your life outside the workplace as well. You may experience abnormal sleeping patterns, which can be either excessive sleep or insomnia. The same applies to your eating habits. Your appetite can either be increased or decreased in an unpredicted way.
To cope with your stress, you are likely to consume more alcohol, even abuse drugs. You may develop an addiction to alcohol, recreational drugs, or both.
Due to the lack of motivation and the fear of your job, you unconsciously arrive late and have the urge to leave as early as possible.
If you are experiencing one or some of the symptoms above, you may be having work-related stress. However, while those symptoms may indicate stress, they can also be the warning signs of another medical condition. In case you have been suffering from those symptoms for a long time, you need to seek medical care. If your problem stems from an illness, treating the underlying issue will help you get back your good mood.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnose or treatment.