Healthy Ways to Cope With Stress at Work
Stress can lead to mental and physical health problems. Stress at work can cause hostile working conditions, which impairs a person’s productivity. Too often, people turn to drugs or alcohol to relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety. When a person turns to drugs or alcohol, the risk of developing a substance use disorder and addiction increases. There are healthy ways to cope with stress at work without drugs or alcohol.
Stress and anxiety can make a huge impact on a person’s life. These conditions can interfere with relationships, marriages, and work productivity. Self-medicating with drugs or alcohol can cause liver failure, heart problems, changes in the brain, and overdose or early death.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), stress can contribute to health conditions such as depression, obesity and heart disease. In addition, people who experience overwhelming levels of stress often deal with it in unhealthy ways such as overeating, smoking cigarettes or abusing drugs and alcohol.
Healthy ways to manage work-related stress
- Keep a journal. This can help you keep track of what creates the most stress and how you respond to it.
- Develop healthy responses. Instead of battling stress with drugs or alcohol, engage in healthy activities, such as exercise, meditation, yoga, or any other physical activity.
- Establish a balance of work and home life. Create boundaries for yourself. Do not check email after work hours or answer the phone during dinner or family time.
- Disconnect from work. Take time to focus on yourself. If you have vacation time or personal days, use them to take a break and recharge.
- Find support. Loved ones can act as a source of support and encouragement to help you get through any challenges. Find out if your employer offers an employee assisted program (EAP) and seek counseling.
Treatment for addiction and mental health
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or substance use disorder and a mental health condition, get help today. Mental health and substance use disorders often co-occur and need to be treated simultaneously as a dual diagnosis for the best outcome in recovery. Get help today and celebrate life. Treatment will help to restore your health, renew your spirit and sense of worth, and rejuvenate your confidence. Recovery does happen.
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