Up to 75% of Mexicans suffer from fatigue syndrome due to work-related stress. How you take care of yourself?
Stress is part of the daily life of Mexican workers, as up to 75% suffer from burnout syndrome or fatigue due to work-related stress, according to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO). This puts Mexico first in terms of work-related stress, above countries such as China (73%) and the United States (59%).
Burnout has been studied and recognized for its negative effects on the health of workers and the productivity of companies. The stress, depression and anxiety generated by work, together with work accidents, generate annual losses equivalent to 4% of the global Gross Domestic Product, according to estimates of the International Labor Organization (ILO).
The symptoms of burnout are quite similar to those of clinical depression: A recurrent feeling of demotivation, mental exhaustion accompanied by a lower tolerance for stress, lack of energy and lower performance. Physically, burnout manifests as muscle pain and psychosomatic affectations.
To prevent burnout syndrome from negatively impacting the physical and mental health of employees, as well as the productivity of companies, the company specialized in SofaMatch design sofas was given the task of compiling these six tips to address the work stress:
1. Listen to your body
Sometimes excess stress begins to manifest itself through affectations to the body. Headaches, abnormal blood pressure, digestion problems and a constant feeling of anxiety, are some of the red centers of the body when faced with large amounts of stress. It is important to pay attention to the organism and these signals so that, rather than attack the symptoms, to be able to directly face what causes the stress.
The best thing you can do in the face of a job-generated stress scenario is to disconnect. It is important to have time for yourself, regain focus and recharge energy, and that will only be achieved by moving away from work in body and mind. Clear evenings and weekends, and avoid checking your email so you don't push yourself too hard. If this is impossible, consider setting schedules to respond to messages and work. In the long run, working without resting is more unproductive for you and your company.
Being locked up for eight hours a day has its effect on mood. It is important to balance the time you spend in the office with physical activity or walking outdoors. Some options are jogging or exercising in the morning, walking or cycling to work. The important thing is to use your energy in an optimal way to avoid feeling frustrated by excessive seclusion. Physical activity will make you feel much more relaxed, and it will do your overall health good.
4. Reserve time for yourself
No matter how busy you feel, it is important to take small breaks from time to time. Do not wait to be tired to give yourself a break and reserve 15 minutes after each hour of work to clear yourself a little, rest your eyes, stretch your body and breathe some fresh air. Your body will thank you.
5. Keep your friends close
Sometimes the seasons of intense work can give you the feeling that you do not have time for your personal life, but this is something you must fight, because it is precisely during periods of work pressure that friends and family become valuable allies against stress . Spending time with them reminds you of who you are, why you do what you do and incidentally helps you to clear yourself.
6. Get organized
Most of the time the work pressure does not come from an excess of work, but from a bad administration of it. Try to organize your work in such a way that you can solve everything on time but without pressing too much, and on your agenda do not forget to make room for yourself and the activities that motivate you to move forward.