Work and Stress – Coping

Stress and Work. Stress and psychological complaints are an important reason for incapacity for work for employees in the business community. Stress appears not only to be a ‘manager’s disease’, but also: the lower the position, the greater the chance of stress. More and more people are faced with stress at work due to excessive pressure and strain. The method of coping appears to be a crucial factor in the whole. You can read more about coping and work stress in this article.

Stress Workload Tax

Work and Stress. More and more people are faced with stress due to their work or work situation. Stress, also called negative stress, occurs when the load or pressure exceeds the carrying capacity, resistance or resilience and the demands made (by ourselves or the environment) are or seem higher than we can handle.
Stress at work concerns any form of work or work situation, employed, freelance, at home, self-employed and also in volunteer work.

Manifestations of stress . Stress can manifest itself in different ways, for example in the form of fatigue, irritability, headaches, sleep disorders, impaired concentration, anxiety, depression. Stress can cause physical symptoms, behavioral symptoms, emotional symptoms and thinking symptoms. You can find detailed information about this in Stress symptoms or in the form of a Stress Test, where you can determine for yourself whether and which symptoms of stress are affecting you.

Work Stress Coping

Work stress . Stress can differ per individual, one person is more stress-sensitive or stress-resistant than the other and stressful events in and outside the work situation can play a major role (see risk of stress and stressors). In addition, your personal attitude and personality can have an influence. Specific information about the relationship between personality and stress can be found in Personality and Stress and Personality Type.

However, there is another factor that plays an important (possibly the most important) role. Research has shown that the way you deal with stress, your response to stressful situations, is an important link in the whole.

Coping – Coping style . Dealing with stress is also called stress coping, coping strategy or coping style, in other words your strategy, way of dealing with something or being able to cope with something. The core question in stress coping is: what is your ability to tolerate pressure, how great is your capacity or resilience or the balance between load and resilience. Three different ways of stress coping can be distinguished.

Coping Stress Work – Three Coping Styles

Coping work stress. With Work Stress, three different styles of dealing with stress can be distinguished.

Active Coping Work Posture

Active Coping. Active coping is characteristic of people who tackle problems and do not avoid them. They try to gain more control and input at work, so that they have more control over the way the work or activities are done, planned and classified. Another characteristic of an active coping style is that they commit and make an effort to increase their skills and know-how, so that the work becomes easier for them and they develop further. This coping style involves taking and maintaining the initiative to do something about stress.

Passive Coping Work Posture

Passive Coping. Passive coping characterizes people who leave the situation as it is, but try to keep it all livable and manageable. For example, by focusing less on work or the work situation and focusing more on hobbies and activities outside of work. Tensions or stress at work are then diverted or compensated. This compensation gives work a subordinate place in their lives and with it the conscious influence or effect of tensions.

Antisocial Coping Work Attitude

Antisocial Coping. The antisocial coping style is used by people who take out stress on others, who let themselves get carried away at work (in a negative sense, that is). For example, by constantly reacting in an irritated manner, swearing at someone, provoking or approaching someone negatively, or just pointing out what colleagues are not doing well, what and who is wrong, etc. It is often not just colleagues in the work situation who are victims. of this projection of frustrations and tensions, but also in the home situation the partner, the family and the children can be victims.

Active Coping – Least Stress

Least stress. In practice, the active coping style in the work situation appears to cause the least stress and the antisocial coping style the most. The reason that active coping works best is because people then have the feeling that they can actively do something, really make a difference and contribute something to the whole. In this way, people feel less like a victim of the workload and burden in the work situation. Because feelings of powerlessness and powerlessness give a good dose of tension. The development of stress often appears to be related to the control options that someone does or does not have in their position or work situation. To what extent someone has control over time allocations and planning in relation to the execution of the work. Even though there will (still) be a heavy workload and burden, it will feel more like a choice and not something that happens to you or is ‘done to’ you.

In Work and Stress – Causes, the most important causes of stress at work are discussed. Specific stress complaints that are most common in certain professions or professional groups can be found in Stress – Complaints in Professions.

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  • Stress – Physical Symptom and Test
  • Test – Personality Type A or B?
  • Test your Risk of Stress

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