Some people take on more and more responsibility at work, thinking they can take on the added stress as well. However, too much stress can have a wide range of negative impacts on your life and can even impact your ability to succeed at your job, the reason you took on all that stress in the first place.
Consider the following reasons why you must be able to effectively manage your work stress.
Reason #1: It Keeps you healthy
Obviously, the best reason to get a handle on workplace stress is that it is good for your health.
When a situation is perceived as stressful by your brain, it triggers reactions in certain regions of the body and an increase in the levels of stress hormones cortisol and norepinephrine in the blood. A growing body of evidence indicates that high levels of these stress hormones can cause major adverse health effects, including headaches, depression, digestive issues, a weakened immune system and greater risk of heart attack.
Reason #2: It Makes you a better worker
Managing stress at work can help you maintain a high level of productivity. When stress levels are high, it can be difficult to think clearly, prioritize duties and solve problems. This inability to think clearly can quickly translate to lower productivity and more errors.
Also, unethical issues often crop up in times of high stress. When unethical practices are used, it might only make for more stress than before. Unethical choices need to be covered up, and that can add stress. If you are caught cutting corners, it can trigger arguments, finger-pointing and even an investigation. All of this adds up to more stress and possibly career damage.
Reason #3: It Makes you a better person
Understanding how to take care of stressful situations can make future stress simpler to manage, according to research. In fact, it’s the principal idea behind Navy SEAL training. Getting special forces soldiers used to stressful events gives them a greater sense of control over stress, so they can handle the pressure of combat situations.
When you have mastered chronic stress at work, you’re better equipped to handle the occasionally stressful situation, such as a looming deadline. In fact, this kind of situation is associated with what many scientists refer to as ‘good stress’. Known as eustress, good stress can help you to deal with stressful scenarios faster and more effectively. Regular exposure to eustress help you see stressful situations as a challenge you can meet, as opposed to an overwhelming obstacle.
Experts say eustress can also allow you to enter a state commonly referred to as being “in the zone” – an elevated sense of awareness and total absorption into an activity. Commonly referred to in sports and other performance situation, being “in the zone” is driven mostly by pressure to succeed, according to experts.
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