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Apr 29: L’ACMMSM fait un appel de candidatures pour la 12e campagne annuelle des Visages de la maladie mentale (PDF)

Mar 4: Derniers préparatifs avant le lancement du Grand Tour de Clara pour Bell Cause pour la cause en soutien à la santé mentale au Canada (PDF)

Jan 16: Le Réseau canadien de recherche et intervention sur la dépression (RCRID) tiendra une conférence les 26 et 27 mars 2014 à Ottawa. Le thème de la conférence est: Transformer la dépression par les relations. Veuillez consulter le site Web du RCRID pour plus de détails RCRID

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19 sept: Mental Health Fair in Hardisty aimed to open eyes and end stigma around depression and suicide (Link)

8 juillet: L’Alliance canadienne pour la maladie mentale et la santé mentale (ACMMSM) a annoncé aujourd’hui les cinq Canadiens qui ont été choisis pour la 12e campagne annuelle des Visages de la maladie mentale. (PDF)

8 mai: La campagne nationale Vaincre la dépression encourage les parlementaires à s’impliquer (PDF)

16 apr: Ipsos Canada collabore avec la STHC pour présenter les campagnes contre la stigmatisation Elle prend toute la place et Travaillez avec nous sur les tableaux nationaux de mieux-être (PDF)

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No 5 Workplace Stress

 

What is Stress?

Harmful physical and emotional response that occurs when there is a poor match between job demands and the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker. Stress is the emotional and physical strain caused by our response to pressure from the outside world. Common stress reactions include tension, irritability, inability to concentrate, and a variety of physical symptoms that include headache and a fast heartbeat.

It's almost impossible to live without some stress. And most of us wouldn't want to, because it gives life some spice and excitement. But if stress gets out of control, it may harm your health, your relationships, and your enjoyment of life.

Prevalence of Stress

We are now living in a busy world where we have to deal with pressure situations in every facet of our lives. In our everyday activities, we face situations that have the potential to upset our well-being.

Stress is how our body responses to what we believe to be a challenge. This can be a positive response and can in fact help motivate us to peak performance. However, there are also times when we experience the negative effects of stress when we believe the demands of work we are doing are more then we can manage.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, two-thirds of office visits to family doctors are for stress-related symptoms.

Nearly 30 per cent of Canadians are feeling more work-related stress now than last year, according to the 2010 Desjardins Financial Security National Health Survey. The survey included 1,769 interviews conducted with Canadian workers.

When prompted, survey participants said that their top stress inducers were an insufficient salary (30 per cent), work overload (27 per cent), a lack of recognition (22 per cent) and a negative work environment (22 per cent). Only 14 per cent named work-life imbalance as a source of stress. On the positive side, participants are making changes to manage the pressure including: relaxing their personal need for perfection; adopting new work styles, and; becoming more realistic about meeting urgent deadlines.

Signs of Stress

Stress can present itself in many ways.

Physical signs and symptoms of stress

  • Muscle tension
  • Teeth grinding
  • Accidents
  • Headaches
  • Restless sleeps
  • Stomach and digestive problems
  • Skin rashes
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Increased use of alcohol, or cigarettes
  • Over and under eating
  • Dry mouth
  • A pounding heart
  • Frequent urination
  • Sweating palms

Emotional signs and symptoms of stress

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood swings

Social signs and symptoms of stress

  • Lashing out
  • Cynicism of others
  • Social withdrawal
  • Intolerance for others
  • Avoidance of social activities

Mental signs and symptoms of stress

  • Poor concentration
  • Racing thoughts
  • Low productivity
  • Lack of fulfillment
  • Inability to “turn work mind off” at home
  • Forgetfulness
  • Feeling excessively tired

If you are experiencing any of these signs of stress for prolonged periods of time it may be an indicator that you have a high level of stress and you should take steps to reduce and eliminate the stressors and causes.

How to Prevent Job-Related Stress

When stress on the job is interfering with your ability to perform, take care of yourself, or manage your personal life, it’s time to take steps to change things. Start by looking closely at your physical and emotional health. When your physical and emotional health are prioritized and your need are addressed, you’re stronger and more resilient to stress. The healthier you feel, the more equipped you will be to manage work stress.

While some stress is normal in life, excessive stress interferes with your physical and emotional health, so it’s important to find ways to keep it under control. This change does not necessarily mean a total lifestyle switch. Even small things can improve your mood, add energy, and make you feel like you’re healthier and happier. Take one change at a time, and as you make more positive lifestyle choices, you’ll soon notice a greatly reduced stress level, both at home at work.

Below are some easy suggestions that you can try to create a less stressful environment at work:

 

 

For further information on mental health in the workplace, please visit our Workplace page, or to inquire about getting skilled help to assist in your workplace needs contact us.

 

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