STRESS – HOW DOES IT AFFECT YOU?

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To kick-start today’s blog post, we’d be revisiting one of the topics we’ve discussed earlier –10 Ways to Keep Stress in Its Proper Place! in case you missed it or have forgotten about it, feel free to visit or revisit as the case may be, via the link. It’s only a click away! I have chosen to discuss STRESS just one more time again cos I recently broke-down, all thanks to stress! Trust me twas a terrible experience.. then I got to realize that I haven’t been adequately managing stress..

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Stress disorders have been noticed to frequently occur as a major health problem related to working conditions. Stress is not only expensive to manage; it also reduces the efficiency capability as well as the productivity. How then can we cope with or manage work induced stress (occupational stress)? What are the warning signs we need to look out for? First, let us define, exactly, what occupational stress is.

According to Barbara F Weller (2009), Stress is defined as any factor, mental or physical, the pressure of which can adversely affect the functioning of the body. Work is a central part of human life. It is the expression of the basic need to accomplish, create, feel satisfaction and feel meaningful. Rewarding work is an important and positive part of our lives however, when work denies people on opportunity to utilize their creativity, intelligence and decision making ability, it causes stress.

Occupational stress or work induced stress is one of the major health hazards of the modern work place. It accounts for much of the physical illness, substance abuse, and family problems experienced by millions of blue and white-collar workers. Also, occupational stress and stressful working conditions have been linked to low productivity, absenteeism and increased rates of accidents on and off the job. In effect, making  the workplace become a cauldron of pressures for many employees.  It accounts for much of the physical illness, substance abuse, and family problems experienced by millions of blue and white-collar workers. Occupational stress and stressful working conditions have been linked to low productivity, absenteeism and increased rates of accidents on and off the job. A report from the European Agency for safety and Health at work stated that workers are often stressed on their jobs because, among other things, there is poor communication between the management and its employee which gives workers little say in decisions that affect them, there are conflicts with fellow workers, or there is job insecurity and / or inadequate pay.

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Stress has also been described as a state in which the body is placed under excessive tension. Though it has been described in so many different ways, the real meaning of stress lies on how an individual perceives it. Mostly, they refer it as a form of tension or emotional distress. Stress can be acquired in different customs. Physical injury as well as psychological factors like fear, anger or frustration is said to constitute some of the sources why stress is being experienced by an individual.

Stress affect us in numerous ways.. It affects our body as a whole, it also affects our thought processes, our feelings as well as our behavior / attitude towards work and our environment.

ON THE BODY

Stress greatly affects the human body, as it causes the individual to come down with symptoms such as headaches, chest pain, diarrhea, constipation, low back pain, weight gain or loss and fatigue.

ON THOUGHTS, FEELINGS

When under stressful conditions, the individual tends to lack concentration, has a swinging mood, is highly irritable, confused, forgetful, depressed and overly anxious.

ON INDIVIDUAL BEHAVIOR

Stressful situations increases the rate of absenteeism from work, it also causes low productivity, social withdrawal as well as friction in working with colleagues.

I can so relate with the above! I’m sure you can too, right?

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TYPES OF STRESS

Stress can be described in 4 different ways, depending on the level of pressure:

  • HYPO-STRESS:

Cause of this stress may sometimes be boredom or too little pressure and often can take the form of frustration, indifference, depression, and pent-up emotion.

  • EU-STRESS:

When an individual is under the influence of optimum pressure one usually thrives and makes the most out of one action. This is also known as the stimulating side of stress, or “stress arousal”. It helps employees to uncover their hidden mental and physical abilities.

  • HYPER-STRESS:

This situation happens when pressure becomes extreme. The hyper-stress reactions may vary from person to person and even for the same person, from situation to situation. In this phase, one is very likely to feel panicked, out of control, and even unable to cope with a given situation.

  • DISTRESS :

After a continuous stress within one individual, the one experiences distress. This might have negative effect or costs for both the individual and the organization. In addition, the individual is most likely to experience health problems and would wish to get away from the situation.

MANAGING STRESS

Controlling stress may be easier said than done. Nevertheless researchers on stress in the work place recommended that such employees should talk to their employers, because if the management is unaware of their challenges and problems, they cannot help. However, this does not mean venting rage and frustration on the management. In such a scenario, employees should be businesslike and avoid confrontational approach. Perhaps, one can convince one’s employer that less job stress will mean more productivity.
The following are some suggested ways to reduce stress

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  1. Giving one’s body sufficient rest daily.
  2. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants and so will increase your level of stress rather than reduce it.
  3. Maintaining a reasonable diet.
  4. Engaging in regular and proper exercise.
  5. Talk to a friend to relieve worries.
  6. Delegate or share chores.
  7. Knowing one’s physical and emotional limitations.
  8. Setting realistic and achievable goals, do not be perfectionist
  9. Being mild tempered and patient in dealings with others.
  10. Setting some time aside for self.

If we endeavor to practice the above, we sure would be putting stress in it’s proper place!

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How did you find today’s post? I know you definitely must have been stressed out at some point in time, tell me, how have you been able to manage it properly? Kindly share your thoughts by dropping off your lovely comments below.. I can’t wait to read them! Kindly subscribe to our newsletter if you haven’t.

 

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