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Dec 06

Don’t Let Workplace Stress Ruin Your Holidays

Posted in News at 1:32 pm

In today’s 24/7 connected world, Americans are finding it increasingly difficult to switch off from the stresses of the workplace, according to the American Psychological Association. A 2006 APA survey found that work is the number one cause of stress for Americans and almost 1/3 report having trouble balancing their work and family lives.
A generation ago, taking time off for family and friends at the end of the year meant leaving your work responsibilities back at the office. Today, thanks to cell phones, faxes, email, BlackBerrys and the like, work frequently intrudes on our personal lives even during the holidays. In fact, 83% of email users admit to checking their email daily even when on vacation. Constant use of technology can add to the stress of an already hectic time. Increased stress can push people toward unhealthy coping behaviors such as smoking, comfort eating, inactivity, and abuse of drugs and alcohol. It can also ruin the fun of the holidays for you and your family.
The APA offers these strategies for managing work-related stress during the holidays: Know your stress signals. Recognize how you deal with stress. Turn off technology. Keep a “To-Do” list. Find healthy ways to manage stress. Take care of yourself. Ask for professional support if it just proves to be too much. Article from National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.