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Overcoming job stress

Almost everyone feels job stress at times, even if you like your job. You may feel stress about hours, coworkers, deadlines, or possible layoffs. Some stress is motivating and can help you achieve. But when job stress is constant, it can lead to health problems. Finding ways to relieve your stress can help you stay healthy and feel better.

Causes of Job Stress

Although the cause of job stress is different for every person, there are some common sources of stress in the workplace. These include:

How Job Stress Affects Your Health

Like any kind of stress, job stress that continues for a long time can affect your health. Job stress may increase your risk for health problems such as:

Job stress may also cause troubles at home and in other areas of your life, making your stress worse.

Signs to Watch for

Job stress may be a problem for you if you have any of these signs:

What you can do

You do not need to let job stress take a toll on your health. There are many ways you can learn to manage job stress.


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American Psychological Association website. Stress in the workplace. Updated September 10, 2020. Accessed August 11, 2022.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). work. Updated June 6, 2014. Accessed August 11, 2022.


Review Date: 8/11/2022  

Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David C. Dugdale, MD, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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