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A little stress is good. A lot of stress is bad.
Even if you are incredibly passionate about what you do, it is guaranteed that you will experience stress at some point in your career. You can love your job fiercely, but just as in life, stress is virtually unavoidable at work. Balance is the key to maintaining a healthy level of stress and it is, of course, easier said than done.
In this blog, we examine good stress vs bad stress at work. We also look at some of the ways you can cope with bad stress in your professional life. Enjoy!
Often when you feel stressed on the job, it means you are invested and that you care. Stress can be a source of motivation; it can be energizing and even increase focus. Under stress, the body’s natural instinct is to take action. When there is the pressure of a looming deadline, creativity is generally boosted and one is essentially forced to be more innovative and efficient.
On the negative side, stress impacts both your emotional and physical health. It can increase blood pressure and make you frazzled and foggy headed. Bad stress can feel threatening and suffocating, making you feel overwhelmed. You may lose confidence at work and become anxious and depressed. You might have difficulty concentrating and getting things done, which only makes things worse. It can become a vicious cycle.
Eliminating Bad Stress
When you’re in a state of constant stress, your health and well-being are affected. This is when you should be concerned and consider taking action. It may be time to make some adjustments to your work flow. Begin by removing some of the obvious stressors to make things easier on yourself. Less complication equals less stress.
We highly recommend trying some relaxation breathing exercises. You may think meditation is too New Age or trendy, but it really is worth looking into if you are seeking to quiet your mind. Many doctors are advocating its positive effects. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, at Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston, doctor’s orders actually include about 20 minutes of meditation, twice a day. Relaxation is a learned skill and it is something that gets easier with practice. Believe it or not, it can be very comforting for you to simply visualize a positive outcome.
One of our dedicated readers has contributed an educational infographic, which shows 15 stress-busting jobs. We hope you find this information enlightening.
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