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Lifestyle: Risks of Excessive Stress

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Lifestyle: Risks of Excessive Stress


Written by  Staff Writer
Saturday, 05 August 2017 22:46

Around half of European workers consider stress to be common in their workplace, and it contributes to around half of all lost working days. But stress is not only limited to work situations, the private lives can and often contribute to increased stressed levels. Like many other issues surrounding our health, stress is often misunderstood or stigmatised.

People experience stress when the demands of their private and working lives are excessive and greater than their capacity to cope with them. Individuals with excessive levels of stress may have a harmful effect in three levels:

  • individual,
  • organizational, and
  • social level.

Individual Level

Some of the harmful effects of excessive stress on the individual are as follows:

  •  Mental and physical health suffers.
  • Haste and lack of concentration. This can cause mistakes that might lead to accidents or injuries that produce additional stress.
  • Decreased ability to make sound decisions, at work and in private life.
  • Negative change in behaviour

Organizational Level

  • Decrease of good communication and working relationship.
  • Low morale and motivation, poor quality control.
  • Reduced level of performance.
  • Wasted time, money, and effort by errors occurring because of stress.
  • Higher absenteeism by stress related disorders. This can often result in additional stress for reduced staff.

Social Level

  • Causing accidents that involve others.
  • Costs of health insurance and even from early retirement.
  • Irritable behaviour which affects the overall quality of life of others.




Note: This article was first published on on 11 May 2015
Written by  Laurinda Seabra




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