Workplace Stress and Your Health

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If you have a cruel boss or rotten co-workers, beware. It may not be just your job that’s on the line.

Clearly, a work environment that includes insults, back stabbing and belittling can erode an employee’s morale. What’s less understood is that such a toxic work atmosphere can also lead to deteriorating health. At WebMD, we talked to the experts to find out what it is about negative work relationships that can cause so much stress, how our bodies react to chronic workplace stress, and what it takes to find relief.

How many times have you watched someone get a promotion when your hard work goes unnoticed, or attempted to offer your insight to management, only to have it fall on deaf ears? Working in an unjust environment can make you sick — really sick.

A Need to Be Heard

Feeling trapped in a workplace that isn’t fair can actually increase your risk for coronary stress management programs, says that of all the stress-relieving techniques he suggests, his students report the most relief from relaxation techniques.

“From traditional techniques, such as progressive muscle relaxation to tai chi and meditation, these seem to be the No. 1 way for people to find balance,” Garrison tells WebMD.

“Once you start to engage in these activities, it starts to provide a solution,” Meit says.