We will all experience stress at some point in our lives, for a number of different reasons. In small doses, stress can be a motivator - but it can also be unpleasant. When stress builds, it can be overwhelming. Over time it can prevent a person from carrying out everyday tasks, affecting both mental and physical health.
The smallest thing may cause you stress and, when a variety of factors build up, that is when it can have a negative effect on your well-being. Work, school, family and relationships, money and moving house are all considered common stressful situations. In small doses, these stressors can be managed, but when the pressure builds, it can be incredibly difficult to cope.
We spend a lot of time at work; it supports society, gives structure and purpose to life, keeps the body and brain occupied and promotes a sense of satisfaction. When you enjoy your job, it can provide happiness and fulfilment. When work is causing you stress and unhappiness, however, it can take over your life.
A little pressure at work can be motivating, it can help you perform better and teach you ways of overcoming obstacles that may occur. But when this pressure becomes excessive and the demands of your job are too much, it can lead to work-related stress. This is when certain demands in your job exceed your ability to cope.