Stress! Just mentioning the word itself is already depressing for many people. Nobody goes through this world without undergoing some types of stress. And since the dawn of human being, people, including you, has collected their own collection of stressors. No doubt you’ve heard there are bad stress and good stress. This article is focused on bad stress, which is related to things that you don’t want and don’t have. Even cavemen experienced plenty of stressors, some of which are not faced by humanity today. Of course, today, you are not chased away by ferocious saber-toothed tigers, but some stressors in modern life can be as deadly.
When our brain recognizes threat, it sets off a rapid chain reaction which is followed by the release of chemicals into our body that alert the nervous system. Your heart starts to beat quickly, you breathe faster and you need more oxygen. You start to decide whether you need to fight or flee.
Many systems in our body rev up to respond to a distressful condition. Your reflexes are heightened which allow you to react faster. Your blood also clots easier, so at least you are less likely to bleed to death after being slashed by a saber-tooth tiger.
Suppose that a latest version of software has been introduced in your branch office, your whole staff must learn it in a few days and you are responsible for it. You are already comfortable with the earlier program and do not really want to get out of your comfort zone, but your corporate evolves over and there is no choice. So what will you do? You work hard to adapt. You put your entire effort to make it happen. Consequently, for the next few days your various internal systems are operating at full capacity to meet the task.
You may feel the lingering anxiety after work, but fail to switch it off. You begin to take sedatives or whatever is available. You may have trouble sleeping but as soon as you start working the next day, you’ll ignore your weariness and your body responds by working excessively.
Surprisingly, in almost all situations we face, most of the time, about half the journey in the fight against stress is simply by becoming more aware on the way you react to the existing situation.
For many people, the stress they experience is self-induced. Yes, there are a few traumatic events, death of loved ones, catastrophic loss and others, but often stress is simply the result of our past actions.
Common Types of Stressors
What kind of stressor someone like you can have? The number can be enormous. In fact, almost everything in our environment can act as a stressor. For example: unfair boss, chaotic colleagues, or those who care about you. Any stressor can make your work day miserable.
Occupational stress: Work stress can be independent of any particular person, the work itself can be stressful. In addition, stress at work tends to accumulate. After acquisitions, mergers and down-sizing, many professionals are likely to be bloated with stress. Stress can cause affective disorders, and unhappy families. Some people at senior levels, are turning to alcohol, while many employees burst into uncontrolled fits of anger, exhibit violence in their families, or even commit suicide. Sometimes, in a non-crisis situation, you can have way too much noise, lack of privacy, excessive distractions, and unreasonable deadlines.
Boss: In extreme cases, a boss can shorten your life.
Co-workers: Everything that is bad about a boss can be applied to your colleagues as well.
Subordinates: They can also be a significant stressor, particularly if they are incompetent, slow or undependable.
Some people experience lots of stress due to the nature of their work. And this is probably related to the level responsibility and the consequences of failure. Many pilots statistically have shorter lives so you may hypothesize that flying in high altitude have exposed them to sun radiation, which slowly degrade their health, but you should also consider that they are subjected to a good deal of pressure when flying their plane. You do not have to work as a CEO in a dying company to feel the stress at work. People who are subjected to loud noises continuously can be in a highly distressing situation, for example, air traffic controllers may have more stress than librarians.
Bad relationships: It is one thing that almost everyone may relate. Do you ever experience stress due to a poor relationship in your life? It is common type of stressors, as you can see, many famous people and celebrities have relationship-related stress.
Poor nutrition: Eating something with zero-nutrients doesn’t make you stressful instantly (except if you feel guilty after eating something that is bad for your health), but if you have been eating junk food regularly, you diet can begin to affect your health, which slowly build up your stress. Just ask yourself, do you eat well today? Do you eat fruits and vegetables? Do you take supplements? Many people eat poorly almost each day and wonder why they feel so miserable.
Sleep: Research after research shows that modern people tend to sleep less than 7 or 8 hours a day. Lack of sleep can impair your immunity, increase vulnerability to disease, and certainly make you more sensitive to stressors.
Environment: You don’t have to live near a construction site to experience stress as a result of your immediate environment. Poor water, air, traffic congestion, noise, and fear for your safety can contribute significantly to the stress level.
Being alone: After the death of a loved one life can be difficult, while those who continuously fail to find a soulmate can feel empty inside. Being alone can be nerve-wracking and lead to all kinds of aberrant, if not poor behaviors.
Not having time for yourself: This is just the opposite of being alone, if there is ever a free moment, you should reflect and determine whether those around you make you feel depressed.
Physical condition: Do you ever see yourself as too skinny, too fat or others? Many people do. A survey showed that more than half of all men and nearly all women are not happy with more than one aspects of their physical condition and want to make significant changes. Failing physical condition and long-term diseases can also be damaging to mental health.
Addiction: Are you addicted to alcohol, tobacco or drugs? Any uncontrolled addiction is a strong stressor that can totally bust up your life.