Everyone experiences some form of stress at some time in their lives but toxic stress left unchecked can have devastating effects on our mental and physical health.
Experts have warned about the danger of toxic stress. Safe Work Australia said that 92 per cent of serious work related mental disorder claims can be attributed to mental stress.
In a 2015 study, Stanford University organisational behaviour professor Jeffrey Pfeffer found that poor management in the USA was responsible for almost 8 per cent of annual health costs and 120,000 deaths annually.
He argued that mental health and stress in the workplace is not being addressed, but rather only the physical health and safety of workers was being focused on.
Signs of Toxic Stress:
According to US Clinical psychologist Monique Reynolds from the Centre for Anxiety and Behavioural Change, the first sign of a destructive job is loss of sleep. These people will likely wake up in the middle of the night thinking about their to-do list.
If you have a pattern of insomnia, it could be a sign of unhealthy job stress.
Another sign is chronic tension in the neck and shoulders which also causes migraines and tension headaches. Dr Reynolds said that because our nervous systems are constantly on edge in these toxic jobs, we are constantly waiting to react to that unpleasant boss or co-worker.
If you have had previous bouts of mental illness, this can cause you to “cross the clinical threshold”, experts warn.
Research also shows that chronic stress can affect your immune system and make you sick more often.