Yes! Scientific studies have repeatedly shown that stress does in fact contribute to mental illnesses. Job related stress can affect you emotionally and mentally. Luckily, there are steps that you can take to limit stress.
1) Get enough sleep. Not only can stress and worry cause a lack of sleep but, it can also leave you vulnerable to even more stress. When you are well-rested, it is much easier to keep an emotional balance, which is key to dealing with job and workplace related stress.
2) Prioritize and organize. Leave early in the morning. 5-10 minutes can make the difference between frantically hurrying to your desk and having time to slowly ease into your day. Running late will only increase your stress levels. Break projects and tasks into small steps. If a project seems to be overwhelming, make a step-by-step plan. Focus on one small task at a time, rather than taking on everything at once.
3) Try to leave your professional issues at work so you can enjoy time with your family and focus on them. This is actually hard to do if you are self-employed because you are always worried about finances.
4) Learning to meditate or relaxation techniques will help with the stress.
If you need additional ideas for job stress please seek a professional to help you. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next time…happy relaxation.