Effect of Stress at work

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What is stress mean? The word 'stress' is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as "A state of affair involving demand on physical or mental energy." Stress is a part of everybody's life. It has been a part of human life since people walked on earth although it is generally known that stress is bad for health. Stress can cause by illness, pain, or emotional upset such as losing a job, or the death of a family member. Also, it can control our lives depending on the level of stress. However, throughout the eighties and into the nineties, work stress has continued to rise dramatically in the United States, and there are three harmful effects of stress at work.

First of all, stress from work may negatively affect health. The work stress is enormous due to the high responsibility for the safety of others. Many employees react to stress with aggressiveness and self-imposed pressure to get things done.

This behavior has been linked to increased the heart attack, high blood pressure and others diseases. For example, stress increases the pumping action and rate of the heart and causes the arteries to tighten, so that is a risk for blood to flow into heart, and it can become a heart attack. It is also increase high blood pressure because when people get more stress, it will put more pressure to your blood. Moreover, there is also strong fact for the causal relationship between stress and infectious disease. Study shows that the women who had gone through very stressful experiences are more risk to the infection despite of the flu virus. The other women who were not tired did not get infected even though they had considerably high amount of flu virus in them.

Furthermore, stress from work influence drinking. Stress is...