All jobs can be taxing on a person. While there are some of us that are luck enough to truly love what we do, there are many of us out there who are working jobs simply to make sure that we can pay bills and take care of our loved ones. In these types of situations, stress is incredibly common. But work related stress can also be a byproduct of jobs that we love. Stress is hard to avoid altogether, no matter what you do.
Physical stress is a very real condition of many jobs. Typically this type of stress is related to heavy movement jobs like package delivery people or construction workers. Because in these types of jobs, people are constantly moving and straining their bodies, physical stress is bound to happen. This can come in the form of fatigue or muscle cramping or tendon inflammation. These types of stress are absolutely to be taken seriously because, if they aren’t treated, they can lead to bigger problems such as tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and many other things that are taxing to your health.
Emotional stress is a type of stress that many people have, even if they may not know about it. This type of stress can come from a multitude of things. Emotional stress can be a result of heavily emotional jobs like delivery nurses or clinical psychologists. It can also be related to job-related incidents like police officers having to discharge weapons to assist in a violent situation. Emotional stress can also come from more mundane jobs, as a result of workers being treated unfairly or, in some cases, emotionally abused. If you think you are suffering from emotional stress, let us know.
Mental stress is commonly related to emotional stress, but they are not the exact same thing. Emotional stress is usually a result of hurt feelings or empathy, whereas mental stress is usually a result of pushing your body and brain past the limits it can safely handle. An example of mental stress is that of a cross country truck driver who is being pushed to meet a delivery goal that is nearly unattainable; causing the driver to drive for more hours at a time than he/she should, leading to mental fatigue. This type of stress is exceedingly dangerous.
What To Do
If you think you are suffering from any type of work-related stress, the first thing you should do is let someone know. Because these types of workers compensation claims can be hard to prove, it will greatly help your case if there is a paper trial, so to speak, of you telling someone (or multiple someone’s) about the stress you’re feeling. It is also beneficial to talk to co-workers, that you trust, and have them make notes about your stress. Anything that we can use to help bolster your case. Stress should be taken seriously and, if your employer isn’t, we can help.