Did you know that stress isn’t always a bad thing?
Helpguide.org wrote an article stating that a “little bit of stress can help you stay focused, energetic and able to meet new challenges in the workplace. It keeps you on your toes.”
Ok, but that’s a little bit.
What happens when there is a lot of stress in your environment, especially at work?
Irritability, fatigue and apathy are all symptoms of stress in the workplace. Unfortunately, so are high blood pressure, loss of appetite and severe anxiety.
Most articles you find will advise that taking care of yourself physically and mentally by forming healthy habits is the best way to treat work-related stress. Things like exercise, nutrition, even a hobby can ease and sometimes even eliminate some of the stress.
So can communication. You’re not the only one that has to carry the load and if the workplace stress in systemic, you’ll likely find plenty of people who, for lack of a better phrase, feel your pain.
Having healthy dialogues with employers, co-workers and resourceful partners can play a pivotal role in improving your overall health and reducing your stress. Go ahead…reach out! Collaborate with your team to advocate for and improve healthy policies and practices. Identify your stress points and examine alternatives for providing resources that can eliminate specific burdens and help pick up what you can’t carry.
In 1948, The World Health Organization defined health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely absent of disease or infirmity. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? But wait! Almost 40 years later, WHO made a few clarifications, stating that health is “a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capacities.”
One suggestion is to approach health in its entirety and not as a series of separate factors. Each of those factors carries with it its own hurdles and pain points, but they can be addressed and remedied with the right consultation and therapy.
Sounds like “health” is a support system and taking advantage of the resources that support system provides will benefit all areas of your life and the lives of those around you.
At ROARK, our purpose is: “To improve the Health, Happiness and Financial Success of everyone we touch.”
We consider ourselves a support system. When you share your challenges, frustrations and obstacles with us, our job is to nurture them with our experience. Our process is to discover where your health is being compromised and develop a collaborative plan for restoring it long term.
Please share with us any healthy practices have you put in place. What resources have been beneficial for creating a less stressful work environment? We would love to share them to help others.