Work Stress Management with Homeopathy
Stress — just the word may be enough to set your nerves on edge. Everyone feels stressed from time to time. Some people may cope with stress more effectively or recover from stressful events quicker than others. It’s important to know your limits when it comes to stress to avoid more serious health effects.
What is stress?
Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that “demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.”
In short, it’s what we feel when we think we’ve lost control of events.
Many things can trigger this response, including change. Changes can be positive or negative, as well as real or perceived. They may be recurring, short-term, or long-term and may include things like commuting to and from school or work every day, traveling for a yearly vacation, or moving to another home. Changes can be mild and relatively harmless, such as winning a race, watching a scary movie, or riding a rollercoaster. Some changes are major, such as marriage or divorce, serious illness, or a car accident. Other changes are extreme, such as exposure to violence, and can lead to traumatic stress reactions.
What Is Work Stress?
Work stress can be defined as the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker. Job stress can lead to poor health and even injury.
The concept of work stress is often confused with challenge, but these concepts are not the same. Challenge energizes us psychologically and physically, and it motivates us to learn new skills and master our jobs. When a challenge is met, we feel relaxed and satisfied. Thus, challenge is an important ingredient for healthy and productive work. The importance of challenge in our work lives is probably what people are referring to when they say “a little bit of stress is good for you.
But work stress is different. The challenge has turned into job demands that cannot be met, relaxation has turned to exhaustion, and a sense of satisfaction has turned into feelings of stress. In short, the stage is set for illness, injury, and job failure.
How common is Work Stress in present times?
Recent statistics reveal that:
- Stress is now the number one reason behind sickness from work.
- More than two-thirds of people are suffering from work related stress.
- Stress in the workplace is undermining performance and productivity in 9 out of 10 organizations.
What are the common causes of stress within the workplace?
The Drive for Success: Modern society is driven by ‘work’. Personal adequacy equates with professional success and people crave for status and abhor failure. The demand for monetary success /professional status is simply overwhelming.
Working Conditions: Physical and mental health is adversely affected by unpleasant working conditions, such as high noise levels, lighting, temperature and unsocial or excessive hours.
Overwork: Stress may occur through inability to cope with the technical or intellectual demands of a particular task. Circumstances such as long hours, unrealistic deadlines and frequent interruptions will compound this.
Underwork: This may arise from boredom because there is not enough to do, or because a job is dull and repetitive.
Uncertainty: About the work – role objectives, responsibilities, and expectations, and a lack of communication and feedback can result in confusion, helplessness and stress.
Conflict: Stress can arise from work which the individual does not want to do or that conflicts with their personal, social and family values.
Responsibility: The greater the level of responsibility the greater the potential level of stress
Relationships at work: Good relationships with colleagues are crucial. Open discussion is essential to encourage positive relationships.
Changes at work: Changes that alter psychological, physiological and behavioural routines such as promotion, retirement and redundancy are particularly stressful.
How to cope with Stress:
The effects of stress tend to build up over time. Taking practical steps to maintain your health and outlook can reduce or prevent these effects. The following are some tips that may help you to cope with stress:
- Seek help from a qualified mental health care provider if you are overwhelmed, feel you cannot cope, have suicidal thoughts, or are using drugs or alcohol to cope.
- Get proper health care for existing or new health problems.
- Stay in touch with people who can provide emotional and other support. Ask for help from friends, family, and community or religious organizations to reduce stress due to work burdens or family issues, such as caring for a loved one.
- Recognize signs of your body’s response to stress, such as difficulty sleeping, increased alcohol and other substance use, being easily angered, feeling depressed, and having low energy.
- Set priorities-decide what must get done and what can wait, and learn to say no to new tasks if they are putting you into overload.
- Note what you have accomplished at the end of the day, not what you have been unable to do.
- Avoid dwelling on problems. If you can’t do this on your own, seek help from a qualified mental health professional who can guide you.
- Exercise regularly-just 30 minutes per day of gentle walking can help boost mood and reduce stress.
- Schedule regular times for healthy and relaxing activities.
Homeopathic Remedies for Stress Management:
Kali phosphoricum: Mental fatigue, Irritable, restless, anxious from mental exertion. Nervous dread. Feels unable to cope, despondency. Mental breakdown after enormous mental exertion with nervousness and oversensitivity. Slightest labour seems a heavy task.
Natrum muriaticum: Ailments from grief, cannot cry. Psychic causes of disease; ill-effects of grief, fright, anger etc. Detests consolation or fuss. Dwells on past unpleasant memories. An idea clings, preventing sleep, inspires revenge. Prefers to be alone, to cry.
Nux vomica: Adapted to thin, irritable, persons with nervous, melancholic temperament. Intellectual and over cautious in disposition, who do a lot of mental over study, close application to business etc.
Acidum phosphoricum: Ailments from grief. Suffers in silence.
Pulsatilla nigricans: Mild, timid, emotional and tearful. Weeps easily, can hardly give has symptoms without weeping, weeps at everything. Disgusted at everything. Discouraged, easily offended. Whining, craves sympathy. Easily moved to tears and laughter; after eating. Very irritable, touchy, feels slighted or fears slight. Sad from disagreeable news. Forsaken feeling in the evening.
Ignatia amara: Ailments from silent grief and disappointment in love. Full of suppressed grief, seems to drown by it. Incredible change of mood, jesting and laughter changing to sadness and tears, or weeping alternating with laughing. Highly emotional. Great defensiveness and touchiness. Long sighing and sobbing which is aggravated before menses. Takes deep breath for relief. Desires to be alone. Weeps when alone.
Sepia: Indifference, hardness. Aversion to family, to those loved best, to sympathy, to company, yet dreads to be alone. Tearful, care-worn and pathetic females. Any demand by family is viewed as a further burden and met with anger.