There are different types of stress that you encounter in your life. Not all have the same effects, or are necessarily bad for you. One type of stress can have serious consequences.
Psychologists often refer to “good” stress as “eustress.” It’s a beneficial type of stress that gives you a feeling of fulfillment, and causes a quickened pulse and hormonal changes—all for the good. At work, it happens when a project you’ve been working on has excellent results, or you are selected as Employee of the Month, or get a promotion. There are many other personal and professional triggers for eustress that give you feelings of happiness and contentment.
Another type of stress, called “acute stress,” triggers your body’s stress response to an uncomfortable situation. For instance, you feel acute stress when you’re stuck in traffic and may miss your flight, or you get to work and realize that you’ve left your briefcase on the train. When you calm down and find a solution to the stressor, your body can return to homeostasis, or a happy, pre-stress state.
Chronic stress is the most harmful form of stress. It occurs when you face serious stressors over time, and feel “under attack” on a regular basis. This type of stress takes a heavy toll on your physical and emotional states. Chronic stress results in an overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones that put you at risk for numerous health problems, including anxiety, depression, memory and concentration impairment, heart disease, weight gain and sleep problems. Chronic stress also has a major impact on your ability to work productively, and quality of work often suffers as well.
If you, or someone you work with is experiencing chronic stress, here are things you can do to de-stress:
1.Find a Solution: If the source of the chronic stress is something related to the job, get to the source of the problem by talking with your team. Brainstorm together to find a solution to the problem or situation that is causing the chronic stress. It may be that one person is shouldering an extra-heavy workload while someone else is not pulling his or her weight, or perhaps something is going on that is lowering employee morale. Get to the bottom of the situation in order to improve it.
2.Be More Supportive: Once you’ve discovered the cause of the chronic stress, and found a way to alleviate it, keep lines of communication open with your staff. Encourage everyone to be more supportive of one another, and lend an ear and offer solutions during stressful periods. When you, or someone on your team is suffering from chronic stress, it’s a poor reflection on your business and work ethic, and will lead to poor business results.
3.Hire an Outside Consultant: If you have tried to find a solution and are being more supportive but the chronic stress continues, it may be time to hire an outside consultant to evaluate your workplace with a fresh perspective. A consultant can speak with each person individually, share his/her observations with you, assess the everyday workings of your business, and be a catalyst for change by identifying specific problems and stressors, and offering new solutions.
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