WAY TO WELLNESS #94
Stress isn’t always bad. A little bit of stress can help you stay focused, energetic, and able to meet new challenges in the workplace. It’s what keeps you on your toes during a presentation or alert to prevent accidents or costly mistakes, however when it goes unaddressed indefinitely, it can begin to take a toll on your overall health and wellness. Common causes of workplace stress include:
- Fear of being laid off
- More overtime due to staff cutbacks
- Pressure to perform to meet rising expectations but with no increase in job satisfaction
- Pressure to work at optimum levels—all the time!
- Lack of control over how you do your work
Sometimes having a plan or changing your perspective are all that’s really needed to begin turning stressful situations around. Part of stress is the feeling of being out of control. Having a plan and executing it or choosing to accept your circumstances can both be very empowering tools in the quest for less stress in our lives because in both instances, you are taking charge – either of the plan or your emotional response to the status quo.