What’s the best way to fight extreme stress at work?

Depending on your profession, you may find yourself faced with a variety of stressful situations throughout your day. For example, airline pilots and truck drivers fit into this category.

While stress is part of every occupation, there may come a time when you feel that the world is falling in around you. Here are some of the better ways to fight extreme stress at work:

  • Ask for help: You don't have to do everything yourself, even if it feels this way. There are people in your company who are willing to help, so don't be shy about reaching out. If you have too much pride to do so, it will continue to take a toll on your health.
  • Know your limits: Everyone has limits, so make sure you guard yours closely. If you push yourself to the brink of a breakdown too often, you'll eventually go over the edge.
  • Take breaks: How you do so depends on your profession, but everyone should find time to rest their mind and body. Pushing yourself too hard for too long will result in increased stress, which leads to other mental and physical concerns. For example, truck drivers should regularly pull to safety to clear their mind.

Extreme stress is just one of the many mental health conditions tied to the workplace. If job-related stress has caused you serious health concerns, it's time to seek medical attention. Attempting to push through this difficult period will only make things worse.

If your medical team suggests time away from work to rest your mind, report your treatment schedule to your employer and consider filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits.

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