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Coping with Stress at Work

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What causes stress?

Everyone experiences stress and copes with it in different ways. Stress can be experienced as a result of many causes, such as:

  • your job situation
  • your family situation
  • your schedule

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What are the health risks?

Having too much stress or having trouble coping with it can lead to a number of health problems. Warning signs that your stress level may be too high can include:

  • headaches
  • high blood pressure
  • sleeping difficulties
  • anxiety
  • irritability
  • feeling depressed

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How can I manage work-related stress?

Here are some ideas to try:

  • limit the amount of work you take home.
  • if you do take work home, try to do it in a place and a time separate from other family members (e.g. have a home office; do work after the children are in bed).
  • if available, use your organization’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
  • make time to spend with your friends and family.
  • make time for yourself.
  • post a positive saying near your computer screen.
  • if your working conditions permit, listen to soothing music.
  • have personal goals and review your progress.
  • learn more about stress and mental health.
  • For additional tips see:

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