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Mental health is closely linked to our occupations, with work at the core of most adults’ lives. Jobs and careers are an important part of our lives. Along with providing a source of income, they help us fulfill our personal aims, build social networks and serve our professions or communities. They are also a major source of emotional stress. The American Institute of Stress (AIS) reported that approximately 66% of people’s stressors are related to their jobs. With the lack of work-life balance being a major factor, which can trigger certain mental illnesses like depression and anxiety.
Here is a list (in no particular order) of some America’s most stressful jobs, according to MoneyWatch.
1. Emergency and Rescue Services
Firefighters, soldiers, police officers, and disaster response personnel are at high risk for mental health issues as a result of being involved in emergency situations and being exposed to varying degrees of violence. This population has an increased risk of being exposed to traumatic events through their daily work, often leading to work-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
2. Airline Pilot
Stress comes from the responsibility of ensuring the safety of passengers, as well as dealing with changing schedules, crews and the pressure to ensure on-time arrivals and departures.
3. Event Coordinators
From weddings to funerals, they are often hired to cater to some of our most hectic days. While it might sound like a fun job, it involves organizational and communication skills to juggle schedules and personalities, which can add to the stress
4. Senior corporate executives
CEOs might earn a hefty paycheck, but that comes with a high dose of stress. A successful CEO if often required to work extremely long hours, and meet tight deadlines.
Yes! Scientific studies have repeatedly shown that stress does in fact contribute to mental
illnesses. Job related stress can affect you emotionally and mentally. Fortunately, there are many ways to help manage job-related stress.
1) Get enough sleep. Not only can stress and worry cause a lack of sleep but, it can also leave
you vulnerable to even more stress. When you are well-rested, it is much easier to keep an
emotional balance, which is key to dealing with job and workplace related stress.
2) Prioritize and organize. Leave early in the morning. 5-10 minutes can make the difference
between frantically hurrying to your desk and having time to slowly ease into your day. Running
late will only increase your stress levels. Break projects and tasks into small steps. If a project
seems to be overwhelming, make a step-by-step plan. Focus on one small task at a time, rather
than taking on everything at once.
3)Make the most of workday breaks. Even 10 minutes of “personal time” will refresh your mental outlook. Take a brief walk, chat with a co-worker about a non-job topic or simply sit quietly with your eyes closed and breathe.
4)If you feel angry, walk away. Mentally regroup by counting to 10, then look at the situation again. Walking and other physical activities will also help you work off steam.
5) Set reasonable standards for yourself and others. Don’t expect perfection. Talk to your employer about your job description. Your responsibilities and performance criteria may not accurately reflect what you are doing. Working together to make needed changes will not only benefit your emotional and physical health, but also improve the organization’s overall productivity.
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The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 million people die each year from suicide. Mental health studies conclude that people with poor mental health are 10 times more likely to attempt suicide. Every year in the United States, more than 36,000 individuals die by suicide. To those not in the grips of suicidal depression and despair, it’s difficult to understand what drives so many individuals to take their own lives. But a suicidal person is in so much pain that he or she can see no other option. More often than not, these occurrences are due to chemical imbalances in the brain. Here are four tips for dealing with suicidal thoughts:
1) Know that there is always help. Seek the help of a counselor or call a suicide help-line. Death is not the answer and will not solve your problems. There is hope for you.
2) Always take your medication. Individuals who are prescribed anti-psychotic or antidepressant medicationsshould under no circumstances stop their medication unless otherwise directed by a physician.
3)Speak up if you’re worried. A common misconception is that talking about suicide will lead someone to follow through with the thought or People who talk about suicide won’t really do it. Almost everyone who attempts suicide has given some clue or warning. Don’t ignore even indirect references to death or suicide. Statements like “You’ll be sorry when I’m gone,” “I can’t see any way out,” — no matter how casually or jokingly said, may indicate serious suicidal feelings.
4)Take all threats seriously and respond quickly.If a friend or family member tells you that he or she is thinking about death or suicide, it’s important to evaluate the immediate danger the person is in. Those at the highest risk for suicide in the near future have a specific suicide PLAN, the MEANS to carry out the plan, a TIME SET for doing it, and an INTENTION to do it. If a suicide attempt seems imminent, call a local crisis center, dial 911, or take the person to an emergency room. Remove guns, drugs, knives, and other potentially lethal objects from the vicinity but do not, under any circumstances, leave a suicidal person alone.
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Taking care of yourself is one of the most important skills that can help with managing your anxiety. This means making time for yourself. Even if it’s just to take a mid day nap, meditating, listening to music, or simply taking a time out and stepping can help clear your head and decrease your anxiety.
Practice deep breathing exercises to help slow down your anxious thoughts
Learn what triggers your anxiety. Is it work, family, school, or something else you can identify? Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and look for a pattern. Writing down your anxious thoughts and getting them out of your mind and onto paper can reduce anxiety
Physical activity can help reduce stress and anxiety. Try heading out for walk or even jog whenever you start feeling anxious.
Do not skip any meals. Remain hydrated and limit your alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate and trigger panic attacks, and keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand.