Thursday, August 30, 2012
When you are tasked with protecting property and life it’s only natural that feel stressed or under pressure. It’s important that you recognize the symptoms of stress and that you deal with it appropriately. You can’t do your job properly if you can’t take care of yourself. If stress from your job is seeping into your personal life, or vice versa, you need to seek professional help. The following is a list of possible stress symptoms.
- Memory problems
- Inability to concentrate
- Poor judgment
- Seeing only the negative
- Anxious or racing thoughts
- Constant worrying
- Irritability or short temper
- Agitation, inability to relax
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Sense of loneliness and isolation
- Depression or general unhappiness
- Aches and pains
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Nausea, dizziness
- Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
- Loss of sex drive
- Frequent colds
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Isolating yourself from others
- Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
- Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
- Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)
NOTE: The above mentioned symptoms are not a complete list and could be symptoms of other medical conditions. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should see you doctor.
Tips for managing stress:
- Take a break and breathe. If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed step aside to a quiet place and take deep breaths. Concentrate only on your breathing. If you need to do this while you are working make sure to let someone know where you are going.
- Yoga and meditation. Both have been used for centuries to find inner peace.
- Get a hobby. Make sure you take time to do something you enjoy.
- Socialize. Humans are naturally social creatures and we need social skills to function.
- Exercise. Exercising releases endorphins in your brain that make you calm down and give you a feeling of euphoria
- See your doctor or a counselor. There are many resources that are free or low cost, that also offer evening and weekend appointments. If necessary there are also local and national crisis phone lines you can call to speak with someone.
- Talk to your employer. If you feel your stress level could impact your performance at work you must tell your boss immediately. Your employer may have an Employee Assistance Program or a group benefits package that includes short term counseling. The Human Resources department will have information about company policies, time off options and other resources available to you.
We are human, it’s part of life to feel stressed once in a while but it is not normal for that stress to affect your daily life. Remember that there are people ready and willing to help and that you are not alone.
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