How many of us can identify with the feeling of being mentally drained or physically tired at the day's end? A government report found that today's generation works an average of 47 hours per week with 80 percent of employees feeling stressed.

Workplace stress results when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources or needs of the workers. Ironically, the fear of unemployment can also cause stress. Many people find themselves stressed by the pressure to secure their jobs in order to meet their many financial obligations.

Stress Hurts
Stress is harmful to the body and is believed to be a leading factor in back pains, fatigue, muscular pains, difficulty sleeping and headaches. It can also break down your immune system and increase your body's susceptibility to infections. A stressed-out body or mind can also affect your relationships with family and friends.

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), job stress has even become a common and costly problem for company owners. Stressed out employees can cost companies billions of dollars in accident claims, high turnovers rates, decreased productivity, rise of insurance premiums and sick leave.

Even though it is widely debated, researchers have found that working conditions, coupled with an individual's personality or attitude, are the two main factors that contribute to job stress. Working conditions include actual job tasks, management structure and surroundings.

Being employed does not necessarily mean you have to be stressed. What can you do about it? Don't try to merely manage stress; instead, simply try to remove it from your life. If leaving your job is not an option for you, try one or more of the following:
  • Get organized and use your time wisely. Do not wait to complete tasks shortly before their deadlines.
  • Get a good night's sleep. Adequate rest is important. Plan rest and relaxation breaks throughout your day. This can include a walk down the hall or a moment outside.
  • Plan your response. If you are aware of an upcoming situation that may be mentally challenging, imagine facing it in a relaxed manner.
  • Adjust your attitude. Focus on why you took the job and what you wanted to accomplish while there.
  • Take deep breaths and do stretches. This will help to relax your muscles.
  • Communicate. Talk to someone about what is bothering you.
  • Be solution-driven. Focus on resolving issues, not on the issues themselves.
  • Pray. Ask God, according to James 1:5, to give you wisdom to accomplish your tasks.
Paul, in 1 Corinthians 6:19, says that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit—it is not your own. Therefore, it is important that you care for your body by refusing to allow stress to control you. Don't lose focus; your job is not your source—God is.

Remember: you're too blessed to be stressed!

Creflo Dollar Ministries
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