We all know what work stress feels like and what leads up to it – the combination of long hours, poor posture and clutter around your desk, as well as deadlines and demanding colleagues can leave even the most relaxed person feeling like they can’t cope. Well for all those people who suffer from work related stress there’s a new syndrome emerging.
It’s called irritable desk syndrome and tests for it can be done in the same way as regular work stress. Ignoring or not dealing with this type of work stress can result in loss of productivity, chronic pain and reduced job prospects, and if your job is physically demanding you may be a hazard to yourself even if you’re wearing safety clothing. Studies have shown that while people recognise the symptoms of work related stress, many feel so demotivated that they do not have the energy to do anything about it.
Fortunately, there are easy ways of coping with this kind of work stress. The following may help alleviate some of the symptoms:
- Review your desk setup and move things around so that you can avoid straining your back or neck.
- Stretch to reduce slouching.
- Take regular breaks.
- Check your posture.
- Personalise your work space.
These may provide some relief from work stress. Evaluate your appearance as well; sometimes a new haircut, pair of shoes or protective workwear can make you feel more focussed on your job. If you do suffer from work stress and are concerned about this syndrome, you may want to see your GP for further advice.