On the job: stress is the real enemy
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Everything you think or feel about your job is perception, and if stress is affecting it then it could be costing you dearly.
I have noticed something – people seem to lose the ability to think rationally when they are stressed, and not even under major stress.
“Normal” everyday stress, if left unmanaged, will completely mess with your perception.
Actually, stress is 100% perception – it causes it and it affects it
A recent study in America showed that over 50% of people who had chronic heart disease showed no symptoms other than stress.
Most people think that it is the big stress that causes the trouble, but this isn’t so; the lots of little stressors that bombard you throughout the day are far more deadly.
Did you know that sickness and disease can only thrive in an acidic environment?
Stress makes your body highly acidic and sickness loves that. Cancer needs an acidic environment, the common cold needs an acidic environment, high lipid cholesterol (bad cholesterol) responds to an acidic environment... need I go on?
When the body is under stress it exists in the fight or flight mode, the brain doesn’t get as much blood as is needed for optimal functioning, so you lose access to higher brain functions like rational thought and creativity.
Irritability is a major cause of stress as your body is on constant alert for threats so it responds harshly to them.
In a nutshell, this high pace, driven, and competitive environment that we are choosing for ourselves is a very hostile place for our finely tuned bodies.
Even if you are not in a high stress job, you probably have more stress than you can reasonably deal with. Even if your only stress comes from your daily commute, I would highly recommend some stress management (learn some techniques or get some coaching): you will be amazed at how life will change when you do.