How Sources of Work Stress Effect Your Adrenals

By: Michael Lam, MD, MPH

Adrenal Fatigue can be caused by sources of work stress.Do you often feel stressed out at work? Are you scared of going to work each day? Do you always feel overburdened, exhausted and dreading work more and more with each passing day? If your answer is yes to all these questions then it means that you might be working in a stressful environment. A lot of studies indicate that job stress is by far one of the major causes of stress in adults and while some of us are better equipped to deal with it naturally, there are many who can break down under it.

The first step in dealing with any type of stress is to realize the source of it. More often than not when we experience anxiety, moodiness, agitation, irritability, irrational behavior, sleeping disorders, lethargy etc, we think that we are going through a phase or this is something natural. What we fail to realize is that these symptoms can be our body’s way of telling us that it is longer able to cope up with the sources of work stress. Sometimes we fail to understand the factors that are stressing us out. Following are some of the sources of stress at work that you might be facing but are unable to recognize:

Hostile Work Environment

You may be working in a hostile work environment and you may not even know that because there is nothing specifically wrong that you can point at. But that does not mean that it is impossible. The following are some of the signs that might manifest in such an environment; these are not only a threat to your job and productivity but they are also a threat to your health.

  • Your boss shouts at you and has a habit of publically humiliating his/her subordinates.
  • Your efforts are being sabotaged or you are being denied of your basic right such as leaves.
  • Your boss takes responsibility for your hard work.
  • Your ideas are disregarded or ignored.

If you are facing these or similar problems then you are victim of job stress.

The Work Itself

You might be working in the best organization out there but still feel stressed out. Impossible to fathom right! But it’s quite possible. You might be doing a job that you don’t enjoy or your job description might be too tough to handle. Feeling overworked or doing a monotonous and mundane job that doesn’t challenge you anymore can also cause stress.

Dealing with Uncertainties

With the economic downturn there is a recent trend in organizations of cutting costs by letting some employees go. This is one of the major causes of stress at work these days because you never know when it might be your turn.

Stress is a part of every work environment but being a professional you need to learn to cope with it and should not allow it to cripple your abilities and undermine your strengths.

Healthy stress such as competition at workplace provides workers with energy and motivation to strive harder. It is rewarding and important for personal and professional development. It pushes you to your limit and motivates you to perform to your optimum capacity.

When we suffer from sources of work stress, our physical and emotional health are negatively affectedHowever, excessive sources of work stress can be damaging. It not only interferes with your productivity but also affects your physical and emotional health negatively. And your ability to cope and deal with the sources of work stress can mean the difference between success and failure. When stressful situations go unresolved, the body is kept in a constant active state. This increases the rate of wear and tear to the body. The ability of the body to repair and defend itself can become seriously compromised, thereby increasing the risk of injury and diseases.

3 Major Sources of Work Stress

Here are 3 major sources of stress at work:

1. Career Development

Employees start feeling the pressure and stress at workplace when they fear job redundancy and layoff due to a troubled economy. To ensure they are not replaced by other team members or their name is not a part of the staff cutback list, employees start doing overtime, working more and harder than their capacity. The relentless requirement to work at optimum performance and to ensure they are not laid off, puts immense pressure on employees and leads to overwhelming sources of work stress which often becomes hard for workers to cope with.

2. Poor Relationships at Work

Poor relationships with colleagues, sub-ordinates and supervisors also contribute to sources of work stress. This happens when employees who fail to work in harmony, are often engaged in conflicts with co-workers or supervisors, they don’t get support from a higher authority, there is a continuous threat of violence or harassment and there is no proper system available to report and deal with such issues.

3. Organization Factors

Some organizational factors also contribute to stress at the workplace for example the management style. Employees may feel that the management is not flexible or employee focused. It’s just focused on getting the work done rather than listening to the needs and concerns of the employees.
Some employees may also feel sources of work stress when the organization undergoes a drastic change without taking any feedback from the employees on the changes that the organization plans to implement.
Other factors can be feelings of unfairness, poor information flow and non-participation of employees in the decision making process.

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Adrenal Fatigue symptoms can be caused by sources of work stress.