It is well known to those who study the effects of stress that the physical environment you work and live in plays a big role in your stress level. Overcrowding, noise and temperature are contributing factors to your increased stress level.
Researchers have been exploring the link between sound and the effects on stress in hospital workers. Nurses have been primarily targeted in this research.
Imagine all of the noises that both patients and hospital employees are exposed to on a regular basis; gurneys, codes, PA messaging, sirens, call buttons, crying and screaming taking place at all hours.
These factors contribute to discomfort and a build up of tension which can effect mood, focus, job satisfaction and overall health.
In the workplace you might not be able to control or change the situation that you are in but you do have a choice over how you handle factors that feel out of your control.
Find a quiet spot to decompress on your break even if you put in earplugs or earphones that neutralize noise.
Breathe and release tension you are holding onto throughout your shift so it never has a chance to build up and create problems for you.
Treat yourself to something soothing when work is over like a warm bath, a quiet walk or a massage.
Realize that you have a choice over how the environmental conditions effect you.