Your workload is unrealistic
If you have trouble completing your work within the daily and weekly time frame, despite your best efforts, you’re dealing with an unrealistic workload. This can lead to high levels of anxiety and depressive feelings, explains Mayra Mendez, PhD, LMFT, a licensed psychotherapist and program coordinator for intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health services at Providence Saint John’s Child and Family Development Center in Santa Monica, California. “The long-term effects include low morale, high level of turnover, and employees experiencing burnout,” she says. She recommends prioritizing your workload for a day or week, scheduling time off, and taking allotted vacation time rather than losing it due to lack of use. Also try taking breaks and engaging in calming practices. Here are eight silent signs of stress you might be ignoring.