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Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month, also known as Mental Health Month. Its aim is to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses.

Every job involves stress. However, when anxiety and stress rise above normal levels for a sustained period of time, work-related stress can dramatically affect mental, emotional, and physical health. Please see a list of items you may be unaware of that could fall under mental health.

The term “work stress” can mean different things but common themes include:

  • The job is unfulfilling
  • Issues with the boss
  • Low compensation for job responsibilities
  • Work that doesn’t meet needs, such as personality style or interests

Common indicators that you are under acute work stress:

  • Displaying anxious behavior, including feeling paranoid that you are going to lose your job.
  • Spending a large amount of time talking about financial worries.
  • Expressing a lack of commitment to your work.
  • Taking excessive amounts of time off.
  • Expressing a lack of fulfillment or using language that indicates you simply tolerate your work.
  • Expressing that you feel stuck or too entrenched to try something new.
  • Expressing that you do not enjoy, engage with, or trust your co-workers.
  • Feeling a lack of control over your work situation.

There are several interventions that are supported by research to help reduce work stress:

  • Create a prioritized list of values that are important to you.
  • Look at  different aspects of your life and list where things may be out of alignment.
  • Create goals based on your top values.
  • Adopt a practice — such as journaling or mindfulness — that can help you reflect and be honest with yourself.
  • Create a peaceful space to fully relax.
  • Make time to reset at work such as closing the door to your office or talking a walk.

If you find work stress is affecting your mental or physical health, it is important to discuss your concerns with a mental health provider. The good news is that anxiety is manageable if you recognize the symptoms and seek help.

If you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.

Below are some resources you may find useful:

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