3 Ways That Stress from Your Work is Affecting Your Home Life
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

The average full-time worker in the US spends 40 hours at work – that’s a lot of time, and that’s just the office hours! So, it’s no surprise that work is going to have an effect on you, and ultimately your home life. However, many people don’t realize the extent to which work stress does have an impact – and with rising numbers of people spending time doing extra work outside of their paid hours, as well as the increasingly fast-paced and stressful environment that most of us work in, this impact is getting larger and larger. If you want to know just how much work is impacting your home life, as well as how to solve these issues, read on to find out.

It Can Cause Arguments

We all understand the feeling of coming home after a long, rough day, still feeling the stress brewing. Without meaning to, this stress can cause arguments – we might take this stress out on someone without really meaning to, or we might find it harder to put up with the little, annoying things in life and end up snapping. Even without these things, stress puts us in a bad mood and can cause problems between family members.

For example, you might even end up with problems in your relationship – work might be causing so much stress that arguments keep on increasing. Perhaps, instead, work is taking up so much time that your partner feels ignored, or you may feel misunderstood. There’s plenty of ways work can affect your relationship, and if it’s not tackled both at home and at work, this can cause many problems and may even lead to separation or divorce.
Making sure you have clear, honest and open communication with your partner is key – being able to communicate if you’ve had a rough day, if you’re feeling a bit irritable, or if there’s something bothering you, is incredibly important. Your partner also needs to be able to do the same, and you need to listen to each other. Giving each other space to cool off and take some “me time” can also help. At work, reducing your stress and problems will reduce the impact it has on your home life. Communicating clearly with your colleagues about what you need to do and what needs to be done is important so you are aware of what your role is, and avoid miscommunication and frustration.
Taking a course in emotional intelligence, may also help. This will help you develop your skills in communication and empathy, meaning that you’re more attuned to people’s needs and can understand more easily when things go wrong. The benefit of this is that you are less likely to feel frustrated, and also more likely to avoid conflicts with others.

It Has Negative Effects on Your Mental Health…

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that too much stress is going to cause problems when it comes to your mental health, but the extent of these problems can be much worse than you might realize. Stress is related to many mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, which can lead to you feeling more stressed, and feeling worse; it’s a vicious cycle, and without fixing the stress you’re experiencing, your mental health will only deteriorate. In fact, stress can push people to find other methods in order to calm them down – alcohol, smoking and drugs can cause many problems, including addiction and dependency, which are related to a whole manner of other nasty stuff – social problems, money problems, and much more.
Stress can also make you feel exhausted – it can leave you drained and lessen your motivation to do other things. It can make even the little things, such as cleaning and cooking, seem hard, and can ruin quality time with your family. All of this builds up and can ultimately make you more and more depressed, meaning you may struggle to make time for, and enjoy, the good things in life.
When it comes to your mental health, make sure you are aware of when it gets too much. Try to make time to do little things that make you happy and will help you regain a sense of calm and enjoyment in your daily life – a small walk, a bath, a film with the kids; anything that will help you relax. Mindfulness is a good, short activity that you can weave into your everyday activities, and can make a huge difference in your levels of stress. You should also make sure to keep the separation between work and home just that – separate. It’s hard, but learning when you need to step away is exactly what you may need to take control over your stress.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your employer or supervisor if you’re feeling too much pressure either as they are likely to try to get help for you. If you’re really feeling it’s too much, don’t be afraid to try something else. It may feel like a loss of security, but there are always other options – your mental health is too important to disregard.

…And Your Physical Health, Too

It’s not just your mental health that stress can damage – your physical health is also at risk. Stress has been linked with an increase in the risk of heart problems, such as cardiac arrest and coronary heart disease. It also increases your risk of other physical illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes and cancer, as well as causing migraines, headaches, and decreasing the strength of your immune system. If you want to know the full effects that stress can have on your body, click here to see a full overview of the illnesses and health problems related to stress.
Stress also takes over your life, reducing the amount of time and motivation you have to do things like cook and exercise, meaning your fitness can quickly slip. Making the time to cook healthy meals and exercise, even if it’s only a 5-minute walk, is important and will help to ensure you’re still keeping on top of your physical wellbeing. Stress may also encourage excessive drinking, smoking, eating, and/or substance abuse, which all have a variety of negative impacts on your mental health.
Make sure to get regular check ups with your GP if you’re feeling stressed, and tackle any health problems early. Many health problems can be prevented at the onset of symptoms, which a GP can easily advise you on. If you have an addiction problem, or are struggling to cope with stress, a GP can also help by referring you to a self-help group or counselor, who will be able to advise you on the best way to live your life.
Stress is never easy to deal with, but taking steps to tackle it and deal with it when it does rear its head is essential to making sure you’re living a happy and healthy life. Remember – don’t feel afraid to reach out for support; don’t wait until it gets too much.
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