Workplace Stress and Your Health
Some workplace hazards, like heavy machinery or toxic chemicals, are easy for anyone to identify. Some are less visible, although the toll they can take on your health is very real. Stress is one workplace danger that researchers have only recently begun to consider, although it has always been present in most workplaces. It is not just a bad feeling; overly high levels of stress can have a long-term impact on your physical health.
If your job requires long hours, little vacation, and demanding work, you could be at risk for developing a stress-related condition. Over time, these conditions can impair your ability to work, your happiness, and even your life. To learn about legal rights for injured employees, call an experienced workers’ compensation attorney from LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.
Symptoms of Stress
A little stress can be a good thing; it keeps people motivated and can boost energy levels. When it reaches a certain point, however, the benefits vanish and you may begin to experience:
- High blood pressure and other heart problems
- Frequent illness caused by a weakened immune system
- Emotional problems like irritability or depression
- Gastrointestinal problems
When they are allowed to build over time, these symptoms can seriously disrupt your ability to do your job well. Additionally, you may eventually be forced to miss work simply to recover from a heart problem or psychological condition. Do not make the mistake of underestimating the effects of stress; if you have any concerns about your health, ask your doctor for stress reduction techniques.