Stress at Work is Both Good and Bad For You!
Most of the discussion about stress is focused on how bad stress is for your health and happiness.
It’s easy to forget that some stress is good for you.
Without some stress it is likely you would get out of bed on work day mornings.
Without stress we wouldn’t get much done, as healthy amounts of stress, like a healthy manageable workload creates some pressure.
Pressure that pushes us to take action towards your goals, and ambitions and your organisations goals and targets.
But we also know that too much stress can be really bad for our health and our happiness at work.
What Doctors Are Saying About Too Much Stress
The Southern Cross Health Group suggests that two thirds of illness related visits to GP’s are stress related.
My own GP is concerned about the amount of work related stress cases that he is increasingly treating.
Have You Checked Your Stress Account Lately?
Stress can build up like money accumulating in a bank account – but where money growing in an account is a good thing, your stress balance getting too high is not.
It tends to accumulate until you reach a tipping point, which can then impact your health and happiness.
While a good knowledge of your limits will help you to keep your stress levels in check; it is not always the day-to-day stresses that will push you to your tipping point.
It is much more likely to be unexpected things that happen and those that are out of your control (both at work and home).
Measure Your Stress
The Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory
Back in the early 1970’s Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe created a ‘Life Stress Inventory’ which provides a numerical score for a wide range of stressful life events.
Holmes and Rahe were researching the links between stress and illness.
The first time you complete the inventory it can be a surprise to find that even good things like Christmas and going on a holiday has a stress score associated with it. Taking the inventory gives you a score which can be related to your susceptibility to stress-induced health breakdowns.Take the stress inventory and measure your stress levels today. Click To Tweet
It only takes a few minutes to complete and you gain a really good understanding of the impact of accumulative stress events. The inventory is a simple calculation and is free online.
Simple Strategies For Managing Stress
So while you need a certain amount of stress to get things done, too much of it is harmful.
Here are some ‘stress-reduction’ strategies to help with managing your stress levels. :
- Get ample sleep
- Come up with a morning routine that works for you
- Listen to music you love, every day
- Eliminate distractions at work
- De-clutter your home and workplace
- Fix all the small things in your home and at work that constantly niggle on your mind
- Plan fun events
- Spend time with people who energise you not drain you
- Start planning your next holiday before you return to work from your current holiday
- Manage your diet, hydration and caffeine levels
- Try meditation, Yoga or Tai Chi
- Take Vitamin B – the stress vitamin
- Be ‘present’ get your head out of tomorrow, or yesterday, even if just for a few minutes each day
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Awareness and Planning
Modern living has greater expectations attached.
We are expected to do more, be more, to more people, than ever before.
As more demands land on us, either at work, home or in the community, the risk of hitting our stress tipping point increases. When you are busy it is hard to stop and think about overload and the negative long term impact of too much stress.
Take the time to assess what is going on in your life, and look at what you have coming up in the future. Is it too much!
Where needed give yourself permission to cut back some plans, commitments and expectations. Or delay them, so that you can be healthy, happy and really enjoy your life!