Stress is a natural, physical response to our perceptions of a stimulus. It has an evolutionary purpose: our need to protect ourselves and the innate ‘flight or fight’ aspect of our nervous system. When we were battling for survival, stress is what released the adrenaline that let us fight. So although most of us don’t have to battle our way into the office each morning, the response to stimuli and the stress that results still exist. (more…)
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The causes of anxiety are often complex and difficult to determine. It does seem that some of us have a genetic predisposition to it but it’s also very much about our upbringing – if your mother was nervous, you may have ‘learned’ to be nervous, so it can appear to almost run in families. But your innate personality and temperament will play a large part too, modifying how you respond to your family environment and other external factors. (more…)
Email, social media, texting and other forms of communication generate an illusion of urgency and a reality of stress. As a result, many of us are in a state of constant anxiety and stress instead of calm and control.
Digital technology produces a false sense of urgency. Although there is nothing inherently urgent about email messages, phone calls or media postings, our core brain interprets the assaults on our senses as threats and activates the “fight or flight” stress response within our bodies. (more…)
General and specific symptoms of PTS that we need be aware of
Post Trauma Stress (PTS) may occur after a psychologically distressing event or situation that is outside the range of normal human experience happened. Prolonged and intensified engagement on this may lead to more adverse effects such as the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other health and mental-related disorders. Basically, if you know someone who suffered a traumatic event, you must take note of his actions after that. With this, you will be able to help him get rid of the undesirable effects of PTS and may help him cope immediately.
How did a stressful situation in the past effect you?
Do you still remember the very first time you stood up in front of your bosses to deliver your presentation? How about the first big project that was assigned to you? Do you still remember how ‘stressed out’ you were when handling those events? The event itself is so stressful that you might experience a sleepless night before it. However, the long process you endured to make sure everything will be fruitful is surely much more stressful and frantic.
Understanding the mechanics of work related stress
Working in the 21st century environment is a lot easier if we are going to consider the technological advancement we have. However, the present time also triggers many work-related stress that if not handled well may cause illnesses and disorders.
Stress is “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demands placed on them. It arises when they perceive that they are unable to cope with those demands”.
Introduce mindfulness into your daily life
In 2015 £23.5M was spent in the UK on self-help books. In 2014 the self-help publishing market grew by 15%, while the general interest and fiction categories grew by only 1%.
It was Aristotle who first promulgated the concept of self-healing, but the term self-help dates back to just 1859, when the Scottish reformer Samuel Smiles published his then best seller, simply called – yes, you’ve guessed it – ‘Self-Help’: and his thesis was a simple one; changing individual behaviour would be a better remedy for society’s ills than changing the law.
Mindfulness though is more than a simple self-help remedy, or fad. In fact, it has an extremely long pedigree having been around for over 2,500 years and although it is not a religion its influence can be seen in Judaism & the Kabala, Sufism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and Taoism.
Every individual has a distinct way of thinking. As a result, people tend to act differently to certain situations.
There are some who reacts strongly to something that may be regarded as simple or minor incident. However, there are certain individuals who manage to be calm and undisturbed even at major incidents or disasters.
Regardless of how people reacted with whatever situation it may be, major or minor, we need to remember that to be affected is both a natural and normal response.
What is work-related stress?
The word “stress” has now become a usual term used by people experiencing pressure and negativity. Often, individuals who are overloaded with work and feel hopeless about it refer their experiences to stress. As a result they feel stressed. However, in terms of its technical definition, we cannot classify all cases like those under it. According to the UK Health and Safety Executive, stress is ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demands placed on them’. It is not an illness but a state. Nevertheless, when a person experiences too much of this ‘state’ on a long period of time, he or she can possibly be subjected to mental and physical illness.