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Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet FS1166

Workplace Wellness: Stress Less on the Job

  • Joanne Kinsey, MS, CFCS, CWWS, Family and Community Health Sciences Educator, Atlantic and Ocean Counties

Job stress is defined as the harmful physical and emotional responses that happen when the requirements of the job don’t match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker. Job stress can lead to poor health and even injury (CDC, 2014). Job-related stress is changing rapidly and can pose a threat to the health of workers. According to the American Psychological Association, 58% of Americans say work is a significant source of stress.

Job stress can lead to health issues. Therefore, reducing the level of stress is an important component to living a healthy lifestyle. Balancing a healthy diet, a physical activity routine of at least thirty to sixty minutes per day, and controlling stress are essential ingredients to maintaining a productive life while on and off the job. Workers can improve their health on the job by following a few simple strategies:

In summary, it is important to a worker’s well-being to maintain a variety of healthy lifestyle behaviors. Whether on or off the job, workers should eat a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grain foods, and low-fat calcium foods. Reducing the amount of fat, sugar, and sodium in the diet helps the body optimize health. Water is the best choice for refreshing thirst. Keeping the workspace clean and clear will help maintain organization and a sense of calm while tackling tedious projects and tasks. While on the job take brief breaks as a welcome opportunity to stand, stretch, flex muscles, reduce fatigue, and add a boost of energy to help get through the busy day.

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October 2019